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my life with the First Ladies

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An edition of Upstairs at the White House (1973)

Upstairs at the White House

my life with the First Ladies

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381

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J.B. West, the former Chief Usher at The White House, gives us an insider's view of America's most famous mansion. But this is hardly a boring house tour. Mr. West - in a dignified but very readable account - focuses on the Presidents, First Ladies, and their children, all who made this house on Pennsylvania Avenue a home. With great empathy and appreciation, he recalls the experience of working for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry and Bess Truman, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson.

Each family had their own style that the White House staff had to adjust to, from the reserved Roosevelts, to the refined young Kennedys, to the big-as-Texas style of Lyndon Baines Johnson which was in contrast with Lady Bird, his considerate and composed wife.

His portrayals of the First Families are not condescending, yet they are still very respectful. In his position, Mr. West worked closely with the First Ladies and each one had personal qualities that he grew to admire.

The accounts of ceremonies, dinners and banquets, remodelings, sudden changes, and visits by various dignitaries are all compelling reading in themselves. But we get an even more significant historical viewpoint through the description of the events that took place in The White House during crises, such as FDR's death, the attempted shooting of Truman, the Kennedy assasination, LBJ's announcement that he would not seek another term.

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Upstairs at the White House: my life with the First Ladies
1973, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 369-371.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973/.0992
Library of Congress
E176.2 .W47 1973

The Physical Object

Pagination
381 p.
Number of pages
381

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OL5431834M
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ISBN 10
069810546X
LC Control Number
73078738
Library Thing
568192
Goodreads
359090

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