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For over two centuries, the capital of America has been located in Washington, D.C. And among all the iconic landmarks and monuments associated with the city, nothing provides symbolism quite like the White House, the primary residence and office of the president. The instantly recognizable exterior, and its location, have ensured that the White House is associated as the main seat of power in the world's most powerful country.
At the same time, the majesty of the White House and its tranquil setting belie its rather chaotic history, which includes being burned down by the British during the War of 1812, suffering damage during wild inaugural balls, and undergoing countless renovations. As Brian Kelly, author of Best Little Stories from the White House: More Than 100 True Stories, put it, "You could almost argue, in fact, that it wasn't finished, truly, until yesterday. And...who knows what they may do to it tomorrow, as it has undergone so many changes, additions, improvements, and even subtractions in its 200-year history. The fact is, the White House we see today is not the White House of yore."
Just as the interior has changed, the use of the White House has also changed considerably over time. The White House was always intended to serve as the president's home and a place to receive dignitaries. But in the early 19th century the White House was open to the public, to the extent that people could simply call on the president.
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By Jan on 05-18-15
A fount of information
Lots of information, but sometimes hard to follow as not always presented in a logically sequential manner. But it could have been. No smooth flow here.
JC did his usual fine job of interpretation. His is a pleasant voice tone with good cadencing. Be sure to find and enjoy his other works done for Charles River Editors.
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By Terri on 06-22-15
Interesting and informative....
I received this audio book as a gift for me to read / listen to and leave a review about. This book is about the history of the White House and who all lived in it. So many questions get answered when you listen to this story. Did you know John Adams was the first president to live in the White House? It took over eight years to even build the White House. Read along and discover the who's who list of visitors, who decorated it, who added on to it and so on...
This book was way more interesting than I thought it would be. The author, Charles River Editors did fine job in writing this. It sure makes for great conversation when the subject comes up. The narrator did a super job delivering this story to us. His voice is smooth and easy on the ears. He sounds a lot like the narrator on Discovery Channel or History Channel. The voice has a certain somethin' somethin' that just makes you pay attention!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful