Under This Roof

  • by Paul Brandus
  • Narrated by Tom Zingarelli
  • 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Under This Roof, award-winning White House journalist Paul Brandus weaves together stories of the presidents, their families, the events of their time, and an oft-ignored major character, the White House itself. From George Washington to the current occupant, Barack Obama - the story of the White House is the story of America itself, Brandus writes. You'll:

Walk with John Adams through the still-unfinished mansion and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to buy the Louisiana Territory.
Feel the fear and panic as British invaders approach the mansion in 1814 - and Dolley Madison frantically saves a painting of Washington.
Be in the room as one president is secretly sworn in and another gambles away the White House china in a card game.
Stand by the presidential bed as one First Lady - covering up her husband's illness from the nation-secretly makes decisions on his behalf.
Learn how telephones, movies, radio, and TV changed the presidency - and the nation itself.

Through triumph and tragedy, boom and bust, secrets and scandals, Brandus brings history to life in this riveting, highly entertaining inside look at the presidency and White House.


What the Critics Say

"[A] fast-moving and well-written history of the presidency." (Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good stuff for presidential buffs

Good book. Well researched. Definitely kept my interest. This book is best when it focuses on the White House itself, not on the history of the various administrations. Reading it made me want to visit the White House again.
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- Richard Hadden

Interesting but a bit tedious at times

The book was full of interesting facts about the White House and the presidents who call it home/. But you may be off put by the dozens of Presidents you've never heard of and goings on nobody cares about. The author doesn't do a good job of putting his selections into context and telling the reader why he selected the people he did. That said if you're the kind of person who likes history for it's own sake you can't go wrong with this. Performance is top notch
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- Matt Arnold

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio