The White House

The White House

Actors and Observers

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A stunning collection of essays and illustrations offers readers a colorful retrospective of the people who have occupied the presidential mansion since 1800. (History)

University Press of New England
"These scholarly essays are full of interesting and surprising tidbits that will delight even the casual reader." -- Publishers Weekly
Since John and Abigail Adams first occupied the White House in 1800, a succession of remarkable men and women has lived within the same walls of this most hallowed American landmark. This exquisite volume, which combines essays by distinguished authorities with over one hundred illustrations, offers an insightful and entertaining vista of the Executive Mansion over the past two centuries. Focusing on the personalities and images that reflect the place at various periods in its colorful history, the book examines the facets of the White House as working home and workplace, and features presidents, first families, executive office staff, domestic employees, news media, members of Congress, protestors, and others who are figures in this fascinating tapestry.

The White House will captivate historians and general readers alike with its enlightening narrative and pictorial chronicle.

Book News
In his introduction to a dozen contributed chapters, historian Seale points out what makes the White House unique. Scholars, photojournalists, curators, and others interested in US history discuss, and provide images of, various aspects of life in the executive mansion and its roles in times of peace and crisis. The 25 color plates include paintings/photographs of presidents and First Ladies, and White House rooms. Printed on glossy paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781555535476
Branch Call Number: 973.09 WHITE
Characteristics: xxii, 214 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; cm
Notes: Essays derived from papers delivered at a 200th anniversary symposium sponsored by the White House Historical Association


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