The Butler: A Witness to History

Kobo ebook | July 30, 2013

byWil Haygood

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From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.

With a foreword by the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not only explores Allen's life and service to eight American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.

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From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Wi...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Atria / 37 InkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:147675327X

ISBN - 13:9781476753270

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Butler: A Witness to History This book had a great deal of potential, and I was looking forward to reading it. However, I wanted to know much more about the main character and what the influence of the various presidents had on him. I also wanted to know about his real family, little of which was revealed in the biographical section. His life, and the life of his family, was not well-related to the second section of the book.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I thought I was going to read the syory of THE BUTLER, and although what I read was historical and interesting I was lead to believe I was about to read a novel not an article.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good I bought this for my husband for Christmas after seeing it featured on TV. I read it first and was pleased with the beginning of the book and very disappointed the the rest of it. I think the movie might be better.
Date published: 2014-01-06