America's First Families: An Inside View of 200 Years of Private Life in the White House
Packed with more than 300 photographs from archives and private collections -- many published here for the first time -- entertaining anecdotes, political analysis, the dynamics of family relationships, and behind-the-scenes gossip, America's First Families offers the first up-close look at the families -- from John and Abigail Adams in 1800 to Bill and Hillary Clinton -- who have intrigued and entranced the American public for two centuries.
Carl Sferrazza Anthony opens the door to the world's most famous residence to reveal life as it was actually lived there. He takes readers into the heart of loyalties and estrangements, and the emotional pressures that politics brings to bear upon the forty White House families, from their arrivals to their "notices to vacate." Readers will enjoy an unprecedented tour of the previously unseen private rooms as used and decorated by each family. Revealed too are the personal proclivities of the presidents and how their families both sustained them through public crises and were used for political advantage. They'll get a firsthand look at the preparations for White House weddings and other occasions; meet the parents and children of the presidents -- as well as eccentric relatives; and discover the patterns of working, resting, and relaxing that shaped the nuts and bolts of family life.
A magnificent combination of visual delights and insider information, America's First Families is an irresistible invitation to spend some time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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America's first families: an inside view of 200 years of private life in the White HouseUser Review - Book Verdict
With this commemorative history of the Executive Mansion's first 200 years (1800-2000), AnthonyDa former speechwriter for Nancy Reagan and the author of four books about First Ladies, including First Ladies, a two-volume historyDshows that he knows his way around the White House. Generously illustrating the text with portraits and candid photos from presidential libraries, archives, and Library of Congress collections, Anthony presents the human side of both familiar and obscure presidents and their families. The narratives are arranged according to events and relationships such as the first day, holidays, children, extended families, etc., and provide touching descriptions of family celebrations, crises, and tragedies. This close-up look at the lives of White House residents offers an intimate and objective perspective on the fish-bowl life most First Families have experienced. Highly recommended for public libraries.DJill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. ...
Review: America's First Families: An Inside View of 200 Years of Private Life in the White HouseUser Review - Goodreads
Not brilliantly written, not going to change your life, but a great way to pass the time between books you actually care about.
Plain and Fancy
The First White House Family
The Familys First Day
A Home Within a Symbol
The Home Office
Pets and Pastimes
Looking the Part
Farewells and Reunions