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An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History Hardcover – Nov 29 2000


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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Nov. 29 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857992
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 26.5 x 26.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,200,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By JK on Dec 9 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought my copy cheap from one of Amazon's excellent network sources. I consider myself pretty neutral on Bill and Hillary, but this truly is a shameless advertisement for the two. I was expecting more on the house itself, but basically this is a photo journey through the happier social moments during the Clinton presidency. For this, I still consider the book documenting the Ford presidency to be far better, certainly more candid, and a better artistic statement. The most interesting part of this book for me was the documentation of the planning for a state visit. The recipes at the end of the book weren't very interesting. Certainly, anyone curious about the internal workings of the House itself will be disappointed; JB West's "Inside the White House" is far better. I'm unsure where this book should rest in anyone's library. It could easily be considered fuel for the Clinton spin on their own celebrity. I'm glad I paid only a few bucks for it as I'll have no problem getting rid of it. Recommend looking elsewhere; the Natl. Geographic video on the White House is done much better.
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Loved this book! Fabulously illustrated celebration of the White House's 200th. Annv. Nice variety of behind-the-scenes photos of the First Family and the White House staff, and a sneak-peek into the private places (once not allowed) hidden from the watchful-eye of the "JQ Public," historic treaures now ours to look at for as long as we like and to enjoy! Thank You, Hillary!
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My smart aleck ex-girlfriend sent this to me recently as a birthday "gift". I opened it, saw the cover, and my already turgid belly (WAY too much birthday cake) erupted in a sideways version of Mt. Dippersuvius all over. Other than the occupying "entity" shown throughout this book, it looked pretty nice. Plenty of good pictures of the White House showing other people's work before the "entity" and it's husband looted the place.
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This book has some delightful photographs of various White House rooms, furniture, and memorabilia. The text is fairly limited and the photos of the author are (thankfully) kept to a minimum. Overall this is a very enjoyable book and one I can recommend to anyone interested in the White House. As for the invitation, I wonder if the Girl in the Blue Dress received one of these...
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I actually purchased this book in Washington, D.C., while there for a conference. One of the great First Ladies of the twentieth century provides fascinating glimpses into the most important Home in history, while entertaining the reader with bold and whimsical insights into its many and varied occupants. Did you know that a 145 year-old, crumbling White House was completely gutted by President Harry Truman, with every scrap of detail preserved to be replaced as it was when John and Abigail Adams first occupied it? Such are the fascinating details of history the reader is provided while experiencing the most intimate, day-to-day functions of a house that is both a living, personal family residence while functioning seamlessly as the epicenter of the free world.
I love the White House. Its history, its beauty, its timeless architecture, and its symbol as the center of democracy to a world hungry for freedom. Long may this home be occupied by men and women of good will who seek to serve the wishes of a free people.
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By Dee Jay on Aug. 22 2001
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me tell you that I loathe Hillary Clinton. I actually bought this book for my Clinton-loving grandmother for Christmas. I hated to put another notch in Hillary's best-seller status but, hey, it was Christmas.
I picked up this book then couldn't put it down until I saw every photo and poured over every recipe! If you've never taken the White House tour, just get his book instead. You'll see more in the book than any guide will show you. The behind the scenes photos are quite interesting and the recipes make you feel like you attended the dinner where the dishes were served.
This makes a wonderful gift for anyone, not just Clinton fans.
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If you have been one of the 6000 people a day to traipse through the several rooms of the East Wing open to the public, you probably didn't have a completely satisfactory experience - especially if you got up at 4:00 in the morning to get tickets for the 15 minutes it takes to shuffle through the tour.
You can take longer, of course... but if battling hundreds of other tourists like your self for a vaunted position in the doorway of the Vermiel Room to see a distant view of china is not quite your bag, it's my humble opinion that you'll enjoy this book.
I reviewed it after having been on the tour recently and found this book to be an outstanding asset.
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I liked looking at the pictures and some of the history was fascinating, but its not a book you would read cover to cover. Just fun to look at now and then.
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