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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Truman Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543613315
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As Margaret Truman knows from firsthand experience, living in the White House can be exhilarating and maddening, alarming and exhausting, but it is certainly never dull. Part private residence, part goldfish bowl, and part national shrine, the White House is both the most important address in America and the most intensely scrutinized.

In The President's House, Margaret Truman takes us behind the scenes as she reveals what it feels like to live in the White House. Here are hilarious stories of Teddy Roosevelt's rambunctious children tossing spitballs at presidential portraits and a heartbreaking account of the tragedy that befell President Coolidge's young son John. Here, too, is the real story of the Lincoln Bedroom—as well as the thrilling narrative of how first lady Dolley Madison rescued the priceless portrait of George Washington and a copy of the Declaration of Independence before British soldiers torched the White House in 1814.

Today the 132-room White House operates as an exotic combination of first-class hotel and fortress, with 1600 dedicated workers and an annual budget over $1 billion. But ghosts of the past still walk the august corridors, including the phantom whose visit President Harry S. Truman described to his daughter in eerie detail. From the basement swarming with reporters to the "Situation Room" crammed with sophisticated technology to the Oval Office where the President receives the world's leaders, the White House is a beehive of relentless activity, deal-making, intrigue, gossip, and, of course, history in the making.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/29/2013

    " Very interesting. A must read for White House history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Rice | 11/12/2013

    " This has some interesting stories of the history of the White House. She favored her father a lot but considering those were the things that she lived it was no surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 9/12/2013

    " Would be much better without the personal asides and assertions of how great Harry and Bess Truman were "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 8/19/2013

    " It was interesting, although I had hoped to hear more about her life in the White House. She speaks mainly about others, a lot of it I'd already heard. I would have loved to know about her day to day life inside the White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 8/1/2013

    " An interesting book filled with information about the White House and its history and stories about the families and staff who have lived and worked there. The stories were interesting, funny, touching, and, too often, familiar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/28/2013

    " A biased but interesting 'insider's' look at the White House's history from housekeepers, gardens, remodling and furnishings to secret service and security. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 6/23/2012

    " Another great find! It's a great look at the history of our presidents--from some very unusual perspectives. Now, if any one can recommend a good read about Alice Roosevelt--let me know--this book has me intrigued about her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/22/2012

    " As a history buff, I found this collection of stories and antidotes on the White House quite enjoyable. She makes a few snide comments about Republicans that I thought were unnecessary, but it is hard to find a movie or book written in the past few years that doesn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 3/13/2012

    " A superficial collection of observations and stories about life in the white house. If this is your first such book, it's fine. Otherwise, nothing new here, move along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred Van Lente | 11/27/2011

    " A perfectly serviceable collection of "Executive Mansion" anecdotes from one of the more literally accomplished presidential children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/26/2011

    " Easy reading written in bit sized chunks. Great for car reading, or someone who just doesn't have a lot of time to read. Lots of neat stories inside too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 1/6/2011

    " Good book about the behind the scenes at the White House; good historical story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 3/22/2010

    " As a history buff, I found this collection of stories and antidotes on the White House quite enjoyable. She makes a few snide comments about Republicans that I thought were unnecessary, but it is hard to find a movie or book written in the past few years that doesn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 8/9/2009

    " Good book about the behind the scenes at the White House; good historical story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/3/2009

    " A biased but interesting 'insider's' look at the White House's history from housekeepers, gardens, remodling and furnishings to secret service and security. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 4/30/2009

    " Another great find! It's a great look at the history of our presidents--from some very unusual perspectives. Now, if any one can recommend a good read about Alice Roosevelt--let me know--this book has me intrigued about her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 6/20/2008

    " A superficial collection of observations and stories about life in the white house. If this is your first such book, it's fine. Otherwise, nothing new here, move along. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret Truman

Margaret Truman (1924–2008) won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let readers into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation’s capital. She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President’s House, in which she shared some of the secrets and history of the White House, where she once resided. She lived in Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.