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Describes the mansion's history, its architectural significance, and its contents.


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30 review for The White House: An Historic Guide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Hicks

    This book is an official tour guide to the Executive Mansion. The edition I read is from 1963 the Kennedy administration (I have previously read the 1987 version. The Reagan administration. I had purchased that one at the White House in 1989) this copy I found at a library book sale. It's fascinating to see the changes each family and administration does to the mansion. I've found out there are over 15 different versions of this guide. I'd love to read them all. White House history and stories o This book is an official tour guide to the Executive Mansion. The edition I read is from 1963 the Kennedy administration (I have previously read the 1987 version. The Reagan administration. I had purchased that one at the White House in 1989) this copy I found at a library book sale. It's fascinating to see the changes each family and administration does to the mansion. I've found out there are over 15 different versions of this guide. I'd love to read them all. White House history and stories of the Presidents and their families have always fascinated me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Czuba

    Growing up revering American history and the U.S. Presidents, and visiting Washington D.C. on a few occasions, I naturally gravitate toward historical work on the subject. The White House embodies those facets in a thing that seems familiar, yet distant, like home ownership must look like to a family that rents. This book indeed elicits mixed feelings, due to the current person occupying that house, and also subsumes the veneration I've held for the place. To know facts about a subject at once t Growing up revering American history and the U.S. Presidents, and visiting Washington D.C. on a few occasions, I naturally gravitate toward historical work on the subject. The White House embodies those facets in a thing that seems familiar, yet distant, like home ownership must look like to a family that rents. This book indeed elicits mixed feelings, due to the current person occupying that house, and also subsumes the veneration I've held for the place. To know facts about a subject at once trivializes it and expands it in the mind. For example, to know the desk made from the timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute is the same desk that Presidents have sat at signing papers, the same desk on which Harry S Truman placed a plate that reads "The Buck Stops Here", the same desk young John Kennedy played beneath, is to hold reverence for the tree, as much as the trees that formed timbers that held the structure up until it could sag no more and needed them replaced with steel beams. So, this is a story of a living thing, a house, that gets treated like the public/private space it is, and so there is little room for regret of all the shabby furnishing, carpeting, and china that had to be thrown out or auctioned off. The book gives me a sense of place that, although realized as a point on the globe, and a heritage all Americans (those who have a home) can identify with, it would be best known lived in. Meant as a guide for those "touring" the house, this book gives insight well beyond the harried passage through corridors to be shown something the guide is focused on. It gave me a yearning to camp out there, to have dinner there, to be a guest there, no matter who the commander in chief is, or what period in the historical timeline we're talking about. The house may not have feelings, but after reading this book, one may well wish it were so.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Whitaker

    For its size and photos it's the best book I've read on The White House yet. Full of historic info and great pictures it's a fast and easy read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Basham

    Very interesting information; a good overview of the White House, with lovely photos (current and historical). I was disappointed that every angle of all the rooms aren't shown, nor are all the paintings in the rooms identified.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Judging from the included welcome letter from Patricia Nixon, these were given out or sold as part of a White House tour. If it’s the equivalent of an event program guide, it’s one of the best I’ve seen. It is filled with the sort of historical tidbits that a good docent would recite while guiding people through a tour. It also has a lot of amazing color photographs of rooms, artifacts, and paintings in the White House, and some older photographs, paintings, and sketches of the White House or pe Judging from the included welcome letter from Patricia Nixon, these were given out or sold as part of a White House tour. If it’s the equivalent of an event program guide, it’s one of the best I’ve seen. It is filled with the sort of historical tidbits that a good docent would recite while guiding people through a tour. It also has a lot of amazing color photographs of rooms, artifacts, and paintings in the White House, and some older photographs, paintings, and sketches of the White House or people in it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

  7. 4 out of 5

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Olivia_B

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  10. 5 out of 5

    Manuel E.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samadams757

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Adams

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jake

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay Resnick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike Heyl

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lilia Graves

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keri Kresler

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Graber

  23. 5 out of 5

    Twolkai Twolkai

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  26. 4 out of 5

    MM Anderson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Louis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Heath-Caldwell

    Interesting book on the style and history of the White House in Washington.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Cohen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Jepson

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