Interdisciplinary essays on the White House and the lives of first families.This unique perspective on the White House, one of the most readily identifiable structures in the world, brings together the views of librarians, journalists, political advisers, attorneys, researchers, and professors. Filled with anecdotes, little-known facts, and scholarly analysis, the book shows how "The People's House" has been shaped and molded both architecturally and philosophically by the different administrations over the past 200 years.Erudite and entertaining, Life in the White House looks at the social history of the first family, the creation of the president's home, and efforts by first families to carve out a space for the important business of family, while preserving the history of their famous residence. This public museum and private residence, which began as the result of a $500 Jefferson-era architectural design contest, now symbolizes one of the world's great superpowers. "Life in the White House is a pleasure to read. In fact, I could not put it down. It is filled with anecdotal stories that range from funny to tragic. One gets a real sense of what it was like to live there. This book should be in every presidential library." — Anthony J. Eksterowicz, coeditor of The Post-Cold War Presidency"This is a unique and interesting compilation that is carefully researched and written in an engaging and accessible style. By focusing on both the structure of the White House and its many usages, the contributors give an unusually complete and comprehensive view of life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." — Mary Linehan, Spalding UniversityContributors include Carol Lynn Bower, Virginia A. Chanley, Robert E. Dewhirst, Raymond Frey, Lori Cox Han, Christopher S. Kelley, Tom Lansford, Michael E. Long, Russell L. Mahan, James S. McCallops, Michael J. C. Taylor, Elizabeth Lorelei Thacker-Estrada, and Robert P. Watson.
History, Americas, United-States,