“Downton Abbey meets House of Cards”. From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president’s impeachment to the historic tenure of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White House – and a new set of challenges to the loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff.
In The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the world’s most famous address. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers – as well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidents – Brower offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries, and care for the President and First Family. According to the Washington Post, “The tell-all The Residence, featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious.”
Click here to read the interview with Kate Andersen Brower for the John Adams Institute.
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