Upstairs at the White House

Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history ...

Author: J. B. West

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480449385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 381

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In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families. J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests—including friends, relatives, and heads of state. J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

Upstairs at the White House

Provides intimate recollections, from the Chief Usher of the White House, of the social events, life-styles, and decorative preferences that characterized presidential households from Roosevelt to Nixon.

Author: J. B. West

Publisher: Penguin Adult Hc/Tr

ISBN: 9780698105461

Category: Presidents

Page: 381

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Provides intimate recollections, from the Chief Usher of the White House, of the social events, life-styles, and decorative preferences that characterized presidential households from Roosevelt to Nixon.

Upstairs at the White House by J B West A 15 minute Summary Analysis

J.B. West chronicles his career at the White House and gives an inside look at the
six first ladies he served, first as an assistant and then as the chief usher, or
general manager, of the dozens of housekeepers, maids, cooks, butlers,
gardeners, ...

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West - A 15-minute Summary & AnalysisInside this Instaread: • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Analysis of the themes, important people and author style Preview of this Instaread:Summary: J.B. West chronicles his career at the White House and gives an inside look at the six first ladies he served, first as an assistant and then as the chief usher, or general manager, of the dozens of housekeepers, maids, cooks, butlers, gardeners, plumbers, handymen and other staff it takes to keep the White House running. The chief usher manages the household budget, sees to the housing and comfort of guests, supervises the mail operation and oversees maintenance and remodeling. The job title is a leftover from a time when the chief usher actually did usher in visitors to the White House. West never expected to work at the White House. He worked at the veterans administration when he was loaned to President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt when they needed extra help because they had so many guests and hosted so many events. West ended up staying until he…

Season s Greetings from the White House

West , J . B . , with Mary Lynn Kotz . Upstairs at the White House . New York :
Coward , McCann and Geoghegan , Inc . , 1973 . to Clifton , T . , Nov . 14 , 1963 ;
Lee , J . , memorandum about President ' s Christmas Cards for 1970 ; Lee , J .

Author: Mary Evans Seeley

Publisher: Mastermedia Limited

ISBN: 9781571010704

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

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Discusses the traditions and special events of United States Presidents and their families during the Christmas season; includes photos of Presidential Christmas cards, gifts, and trees.

Modern First Ladies

2 Marianne Means , The Woman in the White House : The Lives , Times and
Influence of Twelve Notable First Ladies ( 1963 ) , p . 237 . ? J . B. West with Mary
Lynn Kotz , Upstairs at the White House : My Life with the First Ladies ( 1973 ) , p .

Author: Nancy Kegan Smith

Publisher: National Archives Trust Fund Board

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 184

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Brief profiles of first ladies from Mrs. Hoover to Mrs. Reagan accompany information on their years in the White House

Inside the White House

Ushers became enormously valuable to Presidents and their families , and when
J. B. West published his account of his years as Chief Usher , he subtitled it
Upstairs at the White House : My Life with the First Ladies . Presidents ' wives
repaid ...

Author: Betty Boyd Caroli

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 9780762101436

Category: History

Page: 224

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Traces the history of the White House and looks at its functions as home, office, museum, and public building

Inside the White House

Also Regan , Donald T . , For the Record : From Wall Street to Washington ,
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1988 , pages 3 and 4 ... West , J . B . , with Mary
Lynn Kotz , Upstairs at the White House : My Life with the First Ladies , Coward
266 NOTES.

Author: Ronald Kessler

Publisher: Beyond Words/Atria Books

ISBN:

Category: Presidents

Page: 302

View: 114

Behind the scenes look at the White House and its recent occupants

Bess Wallace Truman

Furman , “ Independent Lady from Independence . ” 25. Means , “ What Three
Presidents Say , ” 90 . 26. Reathel Odum Oral History Interview , Oral History
Collection , HSTL . 27. J. B. West , Upstairs at the White House : My Life with the
First ...

Author: Sara L. Sale

Publisher: Modern First Ladies

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 166

View: 509

Sale shows how Bess Truman remade the office of the first lady to suit her own personality and along the way earned the admiration and respect of the American people. --Publisher.

Entertaining at the White House with Nancy Reagan

105 " scrambled eggs with brains ” : West , Upstairs at the White House , 20 . 106
“ Do you think there might be ” : Deaver / Mathison interview . 106 “ President
Reagan had a preternatural affability " : Will / Mathison interview . 106 “ It didn't ...

Author: Peter Schifando

Publisher: William Morrow

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

View: 445

Illuminates the entertaining practices of the former first lady while recalling favorite memories that surrounded the president's surprise seventieth birthday celebration and other state occasions, in a volume that describes her planning of special meals and applications of interior decorating choices. 75,000 first printing.

New Woman

While he swam , Mrs. Kennedy dressed for dinner , then joined her husband for
cocktails upstairs . Rather than the White House tradition of dinner on - the - dot
at 7:30 , the Kennedys ' dinner hour was different from day to day . The butlers ...

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Category: Women

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Dream House

The White House as an American Home Ulysses Grant Dietz, Sam Watters,
Thomas Mellins. Lewis , Ethel . The White House : An ... West , James B. Upstairs
at the White House : My Life with the First Ladies . New York : Coward , McCann ...

Author: Ulysses Grant Dietz

Publisher: Acanthus PressLlc

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 460

Recognizable to millions as a symbol of the American presidency, the White House was first an American home. From 1800 until 1960, it kept pace with changing ideals of the American house and garden. That ended when Jacqueline Kennedy redecorated the White House as a museum to upper-class taste. Today the Obamas are pulling it back to its role as an American home. This book looks at the president's house in the context of American house design and decoration. Hundreds of historic photographs, plans, and drawings compare it to other American houses, gardens, and interiors, showing the White House as it changed through decades of interior renovation, rebuilding, and landscaping.--From publisher description.

Upstairs at the White House

Author: B J

Publisher: Warner Books (NY)

ISBN: 9780446305570

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 996


Wild Women in the White House

Wild Women in the White House Quirk , Lawrence J . Totally Uninhibited : The
Life and Wild Times of Cher . New York : William Morrow ... New York : Random
House , Inc . , 1992 . Rowes , Barbara . ... Upstairs at the White House . New York
 ...

Author: Autumn Stephens

Publisher: Red Wheel

ISBN:

Category: Humor

Page: 211

View: 915

Part Irreverent Portrait Gallery, part exuberant expose, Wild Women in the White House introduces an unforgettable array of feisty first ladies and mutinous housekeepers, bigamist brides, subversive office seekers, and, of course, the ever-burgeoning bevy of backdoor paramours who have held (or at least briefly handled) the reins of executive power. Rollicking and revealing, this latest gem from the author of Wild Women and Wild Words from Wild Women offers an eye-opening journey into the realm of the eclectic sisterhood whose outrageous words and deeds have rocked the fusty old foundations of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ... and sometimes the entire nation.

The Executive Office of the President

The Story of Fifty Years in the White House Mail Room ( New York : Julian
Messner , 1949 ) ; J. B. West and Mary L. Kotz , Upstairs at the White House : My
Life with the First Ladies ( New York : Coward , McCann , and Geoghegan , 1973
) . 15.

Author: Center for the Study of the Presidency

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 678

View: 156

First reference history of the Executive Office of the President from its establishment through the Bush Administration.

Minute by Minute

They both ended up with pretty good jobs . The next 60 Minutes encounter with
the Nixons was more social than cerebral . They agreed to let Mike and Harry
Reasoner and our cameras take a look " upstairsat the White House . It was a
first .

Author: Don Hewitt

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 9780394546414

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

View: 713

The creator of 60 minutes describes what happens during the program and behind the scenes.

Summary of Upstairs at the White House

Summary of Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West - Includes Analysis PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.

Author: Instaread Summaries

Publisher: Idreambooks

ISBN: 9781945272691

Category: History

Page: 26

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LBJ the Way He was

This time newsmen and photographers were invited to join the chief executive on
the crimson - floored balcony , just off the first family ' s living quarters upstairs at
the White House . They were summoned to record Johnson ' s formal meeting ...

Author: Frank Cormier

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Journalists

Page: 276

View: 868

A close-up but objectively tempered portrait of Lyndon Johnson in the White House and on his Texas Ranch, with anecdotes that clarify his public and private actions.

Time

Reported by Robert Ajemian / Boston and Dan Goodgame and Alessandra
Stanley / Denver , with other bureaus The Presidency / Hugh Sidey Upstairs at
the White House Slitical health and presidential candidate than to bileting Sewish
neser ...

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Christian Herald

vs the time to take pleasure from these inspirational books ! Johanna Ruth
Dobschiner SELECTED TO LIVE SPIRITS OF 76 DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
UPSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE JRWEST hun saisi by Elwyth Thane Cu alske
led Nel mio ...

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Vanity Fair

I can show ( people ) upstairs at the White House . They can go out and look at
the Washington skyline from the Truman Balcony , and it's just fabulous . When I
was really lobbying ( for ) things that I cared a great deal about , and was trying to
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Category: Dressmaking

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