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Author: Wil Haygood Narrator: David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2013 ISBN: 9781442368187
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The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.

Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made.

With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is brief, but the two sections…speak volumes about a nation struggling, and succeeding by degrees, to come to terms with an ignominious history of racial inequality. Poignant and powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Wil Haygood is an award-winning author and journalist and a national reporter for the Washington Post. He is the author of The Haygoods of ColumbusIn Black and White, and King of the Cats, among others.

About the Narrators

David Oyelowo is an English actor, who studied theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is best known for playing MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British television series Spooks (known in the US as MI-5). He has also had appearances in several critically acclaimed films, such as The Last King of Scotland, The Help, and Lincoln.

Oprah Winfrey, over the course of her esteemed career, has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Her continued accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most influential and admired public figures in the world today.

Forest Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series, The Shield. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.