Fifty years of service at the White House in various capacities, including bodyguard to Abraham Lincoln, William H. Crook's memoir brings an astonishing array of personal details of life in the executive mansion. His sensitive observations of Lincoln are especially moving.
A well-known figure in Washington, Crook knew every president from Lincoln until Crook's death in 1915. He was a keen observer and his stories will entertain and sometimes surprise you. Here are also stories of presidents Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James Garfield.
A friend of Ulysses S. Grant, a guest at the White House wedding of Grant's daughter, Nellie, he also tells stories of racing with Grant in buggies.
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Fascinating history for everyone
I found the narration on this audiobook to be just the right pace and I liked the narrator. The story is fascinating, as how many first-hand accounts are there from inside the White House during Lincoln and Grant. The others represented here are very interesting as well.
Crook’s time as Lincoln’s bodyguard was clearly something that defined his professional life. It was obvious he came to love the man and he had great affection for the other presidents (and their families) that he served.
This is a long-lost treasure of American history.
- Mohamed Belali