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My 21 Years in the White House, first published in 1960, is the fascinating account by Alonzo Fields of his service as head butler under 4 presidents: Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower. Fields (1900-1994) began his employment at the White House in 1931, and kept a journal of his meetings with the presidents and their families; he would also meet important people like Winston Churchill, Princess Elizabeth of England, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, presidential cabinet members, senators, representatives, and Supreme Court Justices. He would also witness presidential decision-making at critical times in American history -- the attack on Pearl Harbor, the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the desegregation of the military, and the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. As Fields often told his staff, “...remember that we are helping to make history. We have a small part ... but they can't do much here without us. They've got to eat, you know.” Included are sample menus prepared for visiting heads-of-state and foreign dignitaries.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Alonzo Fields
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Release: 2019-11-22
File: 119 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781839740961

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Now including an excerpt from THE DEVIL'S MERCEDES: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America by Robert Klara. Coming March 2017. Critically acclaimed author Robert Klara leads readers through an unmatched tale of political ambition and technical skill: the Truman administration's controversial rebuilding of the White House. In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. While the Trumans camped across the street at Blair House, Congress debated whether to bulldoze the White House completely, and the Soviets exploded their first atomic bomb, starting the Cold War. Indefatigable researcher Robert Klara reveals what has, until now, been little understood about this episode: America's most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House. Leaving only the mansion's facade untouched, workmen gutted everything within, replacing it with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that soon came to include a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter, The story of Truman's rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country's national heritage. The job was by no means perfect, but it was remarkable—and, until now, all but forgotten.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert Klara
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2013-10-22
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250022936

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Genre: History
Author: John Whitcomb
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release: 2002
File: 511 Pages
ISBN-13: 0415939518

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Describes the mansion's history, its architectural significance, and its contents.

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Genre: History
Author: White House Historical Association
Publisher: White House Historical Assn
Release: 1982
File: 159 Pages
ISBN-13: 0912308176

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The April 1945 journey of FDR's funeral train became a thousand-mile odyssey, fraught with heartbreak and scandal. As it passed through the night, few of the grieving onlookers gave thought to what might be happening behind the Pullman shades, where women whispered and men tossed back highballs. Inside was a Soviet spy, a newly widowed Eleanor Roosevelt, who had just discovered that her husband's mistress was in the room with him when he died, all the Supreme Court justices, and incoming president Harry S. Truman who was scrambling to learn secrets FDR had never shared with him. Weaving together information from long-forgotten diaries and declassified Secret Service documents, journalist and historian Robert Klara enters the private world on board that famous train. He chronicles the three days during which the country grieved and despaired as never before, and a new president hammered out the policies that would galvanize a country in mourning and win the Second World War.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert Klara
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: 2010-03-16
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0230105939

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Explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal hours that followed the attack.

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Genre: History
Author: Steven M. Gillon
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2011-10-25
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465028078

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Genre: United States
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 1978
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UCSC:32106005927964

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This memoir reveals information ORourke acquired through conversations with presidents from Johnson to Obama and other national and international fi gures. ORourke is the author of the biography Geno. The memoir covers ORourkes Irish Catholic childhood in Philadelphia, military service in Puerto Rico, marathon running, recovery from prostate cancer and a heart attack. He is married with four children and four grandchildren and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Grand Beach, Michigan.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Lawrence M. O’Rourke
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2012-01-24
File: 433 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781469141282

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Genre: Library of Congress catalogs
Author: Library of Congress
Publisher:
Release: 1963
File: 159 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015023472221

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Genre: Bibliography
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 1962
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015078261545

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