Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies


Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies Author J. B. West
ISBN-10 1504038673
ISBN-13 9781504038676
Year 2016-06-21
Pages 398
Language English
Publisher Open Road Media
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ANew York Timesbestseller A fascinating behind the scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with Americas first families by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst J B West chief usher of the White House directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenueand coordinated its daily lifeat the request of the president and his family He directed state functions planned parties weddings and funerals gardens and playgrounds and extensive renovations and with a large staff supervised every activity in the presidential home For twenty eight years first as assistant to the chief usher then as chief usher he witnessed national crises and triumphs and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies as well as their parents children and grandchildren and houseguestsincluding friends relatives and heads of state J B West whom Jackie Kennedy called one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met provides an absorbing one of a kind history of life among the first ladies Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelts fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedys tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors

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