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Chauffeur maitre d' of the Senate Dining Room, author Robert Parker was in the middle of the incomparable world of high-power politics. There he heard many scandalous secrets first-hand. Now, he tells all.


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Chauffeur maitre d' of the Senate Dining Room, author Robert Parker was in the middle of the incomparable world of high-power politics. There he heard many scandalous secrets first-hand. Now, he tells all.

42 review for Capitol Hill In Black And White

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valarie

    Though the title makes this seem like a gossip-y expose about Washington scandals, it is more a biography of an incredible man. Heroes like Martin Luther King get a lot of attention, but there were thousands of people who worked to gain civil rights in smaller ways. I'm really glad Robert Parker wrote this book. The only reason I gave it four stars is because it wasn't especially focused and didn't cite sources for its historical data.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wachter

    PB-B @ 1986, 2/93. The black chauffeur/bodyguard for LBJ, as well as the headwaiter/maitre d' of the Senate Dining Room tells all the scandalous secrets he knows. Interesting from the standpoint of racism in the country from the 1930's through the 1980's.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is a very informative and enlightening read about some of the goings on in our government from way back in the 60's....or I should say in Washington DC at that time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    What a fantastically unique and refreshing book. This is the story of a man who escaped a viciously brutal segregated South to rise to maître-d' of the Senate dining rooms by toadying to the future president Lyndon Johnson. It's an insider's view of DC, but this insider is a regular working guy instead of an elected official, and he lives in a time when racism holds him back from almost all positions of influence. Nonetheless, we find out that serving senators, presidents, and vice-presidents at What a fantastically unique and refreshing book. This is the story of a man who escaped a viciously brutal segregated South to rise to maître-d' of the Senate dining rooms by toadying to the future president Lyndon Johnson. It's an insider's view of DC, but this insider is a regular working guy instead of an elected official, and he lives in a time when racism holds him back from almost all positions of influence. Nonetheless, we find out that serving senators, presidents, and vice-presidents at their homes and in their secret capitol offices gets you a much truer picture of who they are than being a reporter does. Parker doesn't always name names, but he gives you a good idea of how much people with power hid behind their facades. And he gives a personal, nuanced portrait of Johnson that cuts up the typical saint or sinner representations of historical figures. I was left wondering if Capitol-hill politicians get away with as much in today's media- and technology-saturated age as they did back then. My guess is that many of them do. Parker's book is his own personal story of confronting racism and hope for the future. It's an insider's view of the Johnson and Kennedy administrations facing the Civil Rights movement. It's a dishy gossip rag of senators and their wives. And it should be better known.

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