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I found this 1961 book at the used book store at my public library and picked it up. The author worked at in the White House as a seamstress/maid, following in the footsteps of her mother, who also worked in the White House. Between them, they toiled for presidential families from Taft to Eisenhower. “Maggie,” the author’s mother, had always planned to write the story of her White House years, but never did. And her deathbed instruction to her daughter was to write both their stories. A faithful daughter, Lillian Rogers Parks did just that. Today’s White House occupants would be appalled if they thought that someday their household staff would tell similar tales about them. (I’m guessing confidentiality agreements are the norm today!) Nevertheless, the author’s revelations about the Presidents, First Ladies and other family members are interesting to say the least. And her revelations often go counter to the public’s perceptions of political leaders and their families. Who knew that Bess Truman, always pictured as dowdy and dour, had such a great sense of humor? Or that “Silent Cal” Coolidge was a great kidder? Or that Mamie Eisenhower could be such a tyrant? The author, of course, has her blind spots. Her one-paragraph on the “Bonus Army,” -- that they were a bunch of malcontents, rabble-rousers and communists – shows she was more than capable of misreading history. My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House was a quick and revealing read. Definitely worth the $1 that I paid for it!
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Started my First Lady collection. There was a TV series based on this book which fascinated me. Many characteristics of the presidential families were brought out that I didn't know before. Also gave ...
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