By Paul Brandus
“Like taking a journey of the White condo with a talented storyteller at your side!”
- Why, within the mins before John F. Kennedy used to be murdered, was once a blood-red carpet put in within the Oval place of work?
- If Abraham Lincoln by no means slept within the Lincoln bed room, the place did he sleep?
- Why was once one president approximately killed within the White apartment on inauguration day—and one other secretly sworn in?
- What really occurred within the state of affairs Room on September eleven, 2001?
History leaps off the web page during this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly exciting” booklet at the presidency and White apartment in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room considering 2008, Brandus—the such a lot White residence journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves jointly tales of the presidents, their households, the occasions in their time—and an oft-ignored significant personality, the White condo itself.
From George Washington—who chosen the successful layout for the White House—to the present occupant, Barack Obama—the tale of the White home is the tale of the USA itself, Brandus writes. You’ll:
- Walk with John Adams in the course of the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to shop for the Louisiana Territory
- Feel the terror and panic as British invaders procedure the mansion in 1814—and Dolley Madison frantically saves a portray of Washington
- Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as accomplice flags flutter within the breeze at the different facet of the Potomac
- Be within the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and one other gambles away the White apartment china in a card game
- Stand through the presidential mattress as one First Lady—covering up her husband’s disorder from the nation—secretly makes judgements on his behalf
- Learn how phones, video clips, radio, television replaced the presidency—and the state itself
Through triumph and tragedy, increase and bust, secrets and techniques and scandals, Brandus takes you to the presidential bed room, movie show, state of affairs Room, Oval workplace and extra. Under This Roof is a “sensuous account of the background of either the house of the President, and the boys and girls who designed, inhabited, and adorned it. Paul Brandus captivates with wonderful, gloriously uncooked observations.”
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Thirty-eight site visitors have been invited to honor the incoming president and Mrs. Lucy Hayes. might be a few who have been accustomed to the promises and their choice for unique within the pink Room notion it unusual that site visitors have been acquired now not there yet within the East Room down the corridor. whilst it was once meal time, site visitors have been led down the good corridor to the country eating Room; within the commotion not anyone appeared to observe that the president and his successor slipped into the pink Room. Waite, the manager justice, had snuck in past, unseen. And therefore, with dinner site visitors walking down the corridor simply outdoors the room’s thick door, Rutherford B. Hayes was once sworn in because the 19th president of the United States—in entire secrecy. bankruptcy TEN Rutherford B. Hayes: The stressed out White condominium The Telegraph Room within the YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL warfare got here TO a detailed, AMERICA’S economic climate grew quickly. On could 10, 1869, a golden spike used to be hammered into the floor at Promontory Summit within the Utah Territory, linking the Union and vital Pacific Railroads jointly for the 1st time. humans and trade may perhaps now circulate seamlessly through rail from East Coast to West, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The symbolism of a bodily united kingdom, coming simply 4 years after the tip of a conflict that almost tore it aside, was once strong and mirrored a postwar optimism that radiated around the land. This optimism used to be most sensible exemplified in 1876, while the us marked its centennial with coast-to-coast celebrations. For 100 years the United States had withstood financial downturns and invasion from either overseas and family enemies, but now stood greater and more advantageous than ever. in precisely ten many years, it had grown from a hardscrabble union of 13 colonies with a tenuous grip at the japanese Seaboard to an enormous strength straddling the North American continent. The sunrise of America’s moment century was once additionally the sunrise of an period during which its transformation from a rural, agriculture-based financial system to an city, business one sped up. It was once that centennial yr whilst Alexander Graham Bell—a Scottish scientist and engineer dwelling in Boston—obtained a patent for an “apparatus for transmitting vocal or different sounds telegraphically. ” It got here to be often called the phone. the following yr, Thomas Alva Edison, at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, perfected a cylindrical gadget that can checklist and reproduce sound. He known as it the phonograph. in this time of swift technological swap, the political highlight fell at the 19th president of the USA, Rutherford Birchard Hayes. A dignified, forward-thinking guy, Hayes embraced the longer term, inviting Bell, Edison, and others to the White residence to illustrate their excellent wares. He knew this exposure could pace their integration into the USA economic system. The president built-in them into the White condominium in addition: presently after Bell’s stopover at, the telegraph room, which have been moved close to the president’s workplace at the moment ground of the mansion through Andrew Johnson, quickly had a phone.
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