Inside the White House: The Hidden Lives of the Modern Presidents and the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Institution

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Award-winning journalist Ronald Kessler gets behind the scenes at the White House to reveal the often-scandalous secrets of this all-powerful institution. Kessler documents the hidden lives of the modern presidents: Bill and Hilary Clinton's sham marriage and his pattern of alleged sexual indiscretions; Johnson's legendary infidelities; Nixon's disorientation and mysterious disappearances during his last days in office; the extent of Reagan's manipulation at the hands of his wife; and Bush's out-of-control staff.

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Ronald Kessler is the bestselling author of The FBI, Inside the CIA, Moscow Station, Escape from the CIA, Spy vs. Spy, The Spy in the Russian Club, and The Richest Man in the World. He is an award-winning former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and his articles appear in leading periodicals. 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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