An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History Hardcover – Nov 29 2000
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The most famous house in the United States serves as both private home and public domain. Every year brings an assortment of international dignitaries, down-home performers, local civic events, and family meals. Encompassing both rich historic tradition and modern lifestyles, the White House is a national symbol of pride in our distinct culture. An Invitation to the White House brings together detailed history and recent events with style. Each page is covered with lush photographs; some are public displays of formal greetings and gift exchanges, while others are obviously personal family snapshots from the Clintons' collection. From Chelsea showing her young cousin the family Christmas tree to Bill and Hillary listening raptly to a speech by Stephen Hawking, you'll find shots showing every facet of life at the White House. Many photos are devoted to showing the house "behind the scenes," and they present us with details like flower arrangements, plate garnishings, and delicate calligraphy for the place cards at formal dinners.
The accompanying text by Hillary Rodham Clinton is written with a pleasing mixture of fine detail--"Mrs. Barak and I did not stay awake as late as our husbands did"--and general sociopolitical commentary such as "The unified stance solidified that weekend was yet another reminder of the importance of NATO's alliance." Food is an important part of this book, and many sample menus have been included in full. The last chapter is filled with delightful recipes from the White House chefs, and includes such treats as new potatoes with lobster and bacon, hot pumpkin soup, and mocha cake. Whether you're a history buff, a die-hard Democrat, or just a fan of vivid coffee-table books, An Invitation to the White House is the next best thing to an actual visit. --Jill Lightner
Here's a Rorschach test for your library's patrons: a gorgeously illustrated celebration of the White House's 200th anniversary, a celebration chock-full of pictures of that Arkansas couple some of us love to love and others love to hate. Like Jackie Kennedy's TV tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Clinton's book describes recent refurbishment projects. The volume supplies behind-the-scenes photos of the First Family and the White House staff. It also includes pictures of the wide range of events--state visits by foreign dignitaries, art exhibitions and musical performances, award ceremonies, substantive conferences, and public events such as the annual Easter Egg Roll, holiday celebrations, and millennium ceremonies--that take place there. The final 90 pages record "Recipes from the White House Kitchen," from herbed tomato frittata to a powerful eggnog. There's plenty of useful information here, including a detailed description of a state visit by Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel, which runs from planning through arrival and meetings to dinner and dancing. Modestly priced for its size, the volume includes a brief introduction by historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony and a foreword by J. Carter Brown, treasurer of the White House Historical Association (which will receive all author proceeds; the publisher will donate a portion of its profits to the National Park Foundation). Appropriate for all libraries, but likely to be vandalized where particularly rabid "Foes of Bill" dominate. Mary Carroll
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
But then I was fortunate enough to come across Hillary Clinton's delightful book "An Invitation to the White House". This book offers a behind the scenes romp through our nation's most esteemed address. Hillary adds a touch of New York (though she never really resided there) with her classically cut black tailored suit and remarks such as "This is just like Tavern on the Green" and "I imagine this looks very similar to the Rainbow Room". An especially enlightening chapter is the one concerning the Oval Office. If you want a good read, you will throughly enjoy the pictures and the diction that describes various events that have occured within the walls of the Presidential mansion.
super book well done, and a wonderful gift to give or receive. The
price is quite reasonable, as well. I felt that Mrs. Clinton invited
me into "our" White House, giving me a personally escorted
tour of the house, its furnishings, its festivities and its dining.
The more than 200 often breathtaking pictures succeed in giving the
reader an inside view of the public and private areas, rarely seen by
the general public. She even provides us with over 50 interesting
recipes, giving us a flavor of the variety of dinners served here.
Hillary details her interior decorations and gives insight into her
non-partisan, personal side which were often not clearly previously
visible. She has done a magnificent job in tastefully decorating the
house, and this book gives the reader a taste of the flavor that
exists. Portions of the book's proceeds are intended for charity.
This is a coffee table, library book well worth owning and displaying
in your home.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Victoria Taylor Murray
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... Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Dipper Lips
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... Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Hoppy Doppelrocket
First off, let me tell you that I loathe Hillary Clinton. I actually bought this book for my Clinton-loving grandmother for Christmas. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by Dee Jay
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001 by Butch Leitz
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.Published on Aug. 5 2001 by Teri Valdez
If you want to look at the pictures, get a copy in the library or thumb through it at the book store. Your money can be spent more wisely on other books. Read morePublished on May 18 2001 by David Baka
I love this book! The people's home is a national treasure and I thank Mrs. Clinton for bringing us such a personal view of it. Read morePublished on March 20 2001 by weight loss survivor
I love the Clintons, but the photo that caught my eye was on page 284 of a sorbet. I'm going to scan it & use it as a screen saver. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by Bonny
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