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Best Little Stories from the White House is a fascinating collection of more than 100 vignettes drawn from the life and times of America's most famous and legendary home. Here are stories about the house itself and how it has evolved over the years, as well as stories about its famous occupants. Did you know, for instance: that Winston Churchill once suffered a minor heart Best Little Stories from the White House is a fascinating collection of more than 100 vignettes drawn from the life and times of America's most famous and legendary home. Here are stories about the house itself and how it has evolved over the years, as well as stories about its famous occupants. Did you know, for instance: that Winston Churchill once suffered a minor heart episode while struggling with a stuck window in the White House? that at the height of the Cold War, Dwight Eisenhower's new 707 jet was outfitted with spy cameras for a flight to Moscow - until events forced the plane to turn for home? that at Boris Yeltsin's first state dinner at the White House - the first state dinner for a non-Communist Russian leader since the nineteenth century - George and Barbara Bush presented him with an automatic tennis-ball server? Also included are stories of several first ladies and their experiences on Pennsylvania Avenue, including Dolley Madison, Miss Harriet Hal Lane (niece of James Buchanan), Mary Lincoln, Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


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Best Little Stories from the White House is a fascinating collection of more than 100 vignettes drawn from the life and times of America's most famous and legendary home. Here are stories about the house itself and how it has evolved over the years, as well as stories about its famous occupants. Did you know, for instance: that Winston Churchill once suffered a minor heart Best Little Stories from the White House is a fascinating collection of more than 100 vignettes drawn from the life and times of America's most famous and legendary home. Here are stories about the house itself and how it has evolved over the years, as well as stories about its famous occupants. Did you know, for instance: that Winston Churchill once suffered a minor heart episode while struggling with a stuck window in the White House? that at the height of the Cold War, Dwight Eisenhower's new 707 jet was outfitted with spy cameras for a flight to Moscow - until events forced the plane to turn for home? that at Boris Yeltsin's first state dinner at the White House - the first state dinner for a non-Communist Russian leader since the nineteenth century - George and Barbara Bush presented him with an automatic tennis-ball server? Also included are stories of several first ladies and their experiences on Pennsylvania Avenue, including Dolley Madison, Miss Harriet Hal Lane (niece of James Buchanan), Mary Lincoln, Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

30 review for Best Little Stories from the White House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ines

    Libro pieno di aneddoti, episodi e fatti particolari accaduti ad alcuni dei presidenti degli Stati Uniti d'america......a me è piaciuto molto, per niente lento ne ripetitivo. Una piccola perla per chi ama la Storia e la formazione degli USA

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randy Elster

    Fun read of random stories from the White House, from the poignant to the amusing. The stories are roughly grouped into three headings: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends. Plus at the back of the book there are quick bios/stories about the first ladies. Each story is short--just a couple of pages. A great book to just pick up and read for a couple of minutes at a time. I picked this book up at a used book store (2nd & Charles in Kennesaw, GA) and the bonus is that it's signed by the author. Fun read of random stories from the White House, from the poignant to the amusing. The stories are roughly grouped into three headings: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends. Plus at the back of the book there are quick bios/stories about the first ladies. Each story is short--just a couple of pages. A great book to just pick up and read for a couple of minutes at a time. I picked this book up at a used book store (2nd & Charles in Kennesaw, GA) and the bonus is that it's signed by the author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie McAlear

    I really wanted to like this book. It’s been sitting in my house for ages and I always was interested in it, but never got around to it. The content of the book is not the problem. The anecdotes and facts presented were interesting and often amusing. However the format and structure of this book was disastrous. For a book that spans over two hundred years of history, you would think the authors would have taken more care to present the short stories chronologically and with smoother transitions. I really wanted to like this book. It’s been sitting in my house for ages and I always was interested in it, but never got around to it. The content of the book is not the problem. The anecdotes and facts presented were interesting and often amusing. However the format and structure of this book was disastrous. For a book that spans over two hundred years of history, you would think the authors would have taken more care to present the short stories chronologically and with smoother transitions. I’m someone who prides themselves on being a US history buff and who at one point in my academic career could recite the presidents in order with their corresponding terms. However, I was often confused about where in history the story was being presented and how it fit in with the rest of the White House chronicles. There are sections entitled “Generally Speaking” which describe births, deaths, marriages, pets, etc. these sections were the most frustrating of all as they held no chronological order and were sprinkled throughout the book, interrupting the flow of historical anecdotes. I think this book could be greatly improved with a simple restructuring. The easiest and most sensible way to write a book that spans over such a large historical timeline would be to break it down by President. I think these minor improvements would make this book a much more enjoyable and less frustrating read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Neill

    I love presidential history, so although I enjoyed and appreciated this “behind the scenes” story book, it was just okay. From time to time, the writing seemed too “conversational”; it seemed sophomoric. There were also inconsistencies. For example, one part of the book challenges Dolley Madison as the savior of Washington’s portrait, while another said she was... In the section about the First Ladies (which is commendable), why talk about President Clinton’s infidelity and it’s impact on Hillary I love presidential history, so although I enjoyed and appreciated this “behind the scenes” story book, it was just okay. From time to time, the writing seemed too “conversational”; it seemed sophomoric. There were also inconsistencies. For example, one part of the book challenges Dolley Madison as the savior of Washington’s portrait, while another said she was... In the section about the First Ladies (which is commendable), why talk about President Clinton’s infidelity and it’s impact on Hillary, but not talk about Jack Kennedy’s impact on Jackie? Liked the stories, but the inconsistency and writing bothered me. Book could have been better written.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Ann Murphy

    This is a wonderful little book with short stories about the presidents and first ladies and The People's House. Very entertaining and perfect for those situations where you want to read and finish something in a short amount of time so you don't have to remember where you were the next time you pick up the book. The information is taken from other published works so many I had come across before but there was enough new information to keep me interested.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tomi

    Interesting facts about life in the White House.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Interesting stories, did not care for the style of writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    An interesting book though a little dry in places and sometimes they repeated what had been told in a story earlier. This is a great look at the inside of our presidents and their wives.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    if you enjoy history (like i do) then this is an enjoyable read. quite interesting and personable look into the lives of 41 of the most famous men in american history. the section about the first ladies is also entertaining to read. well written and well researched.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I found it fascinating to learn little tidbits about the presidents of the United States- that are not so well-known. In the back there are stores about the first ladies as well- things we don't often hear- things that they did in helping their husbands the Presidents.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karl Flynn

    I really loved this book, not just because I like history, but because it was well-written and entertaining. Some very interesting stories about out presidents are included, as well as some neat info about first ladies.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark A Denesha

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dominick Forte

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bill Mullen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  16. 5 out of 5

    Exapno Mapcase

  17. 4 out of 5

    D.C.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krista Howery

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becki

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louise Briscoe

  22. 4 out of 5

    Benedict

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Fox

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian M.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dudley51

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marly Lemanski

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Benevelli

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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