Inside the White House

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9780671879198: Inside the White House

Drawing on interviews with Secret Service agents, domestic servants, Air Force One stewards, and military aides, a political expose+a7 reveals the hidden lives of the last seven presidential families. Reprint.

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Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The FBI, Inside the CIA, Escape from the CIA, The Spy in the Russian Club, Moscow Station, Spy Vs. Spy, and The Richest Man in the World. He is a former investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and has won sixteen journalism awards. Mr. Kessler Lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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The delver into the federal city's loci of power (e.g., Inside the FBI ) will parcel out trivia and occasional substance about recent occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The first half of the text covers philandering, stealing, and drinking during the reigns from LBJ to Bush; the second half details the flaps that have discombobulated the present tenants. Kessler has filled a grab bag of gab from aides, maids, barbers, guards, Secret Service agents, and Air Force One stewards, but some of their revelations bear a serious hearing, such as the $1 billion annual cost of operating the White House. However, Kessler's sharpest criticism is not financial; he hits Clinton in familiar areas of vulnerability, i.e., his staff's juvenile arrogance and ineptitude, "travelgate," "troopergate," and an encore of the Gennifer Flowers allegations of assignations. (This book contains her third set of public statements, following a press conference and Penthouse spread, about her alleged trysts with Clinton.) Because this report seems accurate and few of Kessler's sources hide behind anonymity, it should garner high but ephemeral interest, boosted by a scheduled ABC 20/20 program in January that will "break" his stories. Gilbert Taylor

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