The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen BrowerThe Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

byKate Andersen Brower

Paperback | March 8, 2016

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A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.

Title:The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062305204

ISBN - 13:9780062305206


Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Quick and easy read, but sometimes repetitive. Has some interesting stories.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting A very interesting view into the lives of White House residence work. It dragged a bit sometimes, and I had a hard time following the timeline something, but it was obviously very well researched and written.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Details. You feel part of the staff when you read this book. The "inside dope" revealed here is at times funny, at times ridiculous but always interesting. There's almost no back stabbing of the president or his family apart from one or two incidents which are mostly funny (if you're not involved in them). You gain respect for the unknown personnel who make the White House function out of sight.
Date published: 2017-02-22

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully written, The Residence offers a unique and compelling view of what really happens inside the very private White House. An absolute must-read!”