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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jill Miller

    A wonderful read if you're a history buff and especially interested in the Presidents. I've been reading biographies about the First Ladies and this book was frequently referenced in the book about Frances Cleveland. 'Ike' Hoover was hired as a 19y/o electrician in the Harrison White House and quickly advanced to usher status. He spent the majority of his career as the Head Usher, serving until his untimely death at age 61 shortly after FDR became president. Notes about the presidents during his A wonderful read if you're a history buff and especially interested in the Presidents. I've been reading biographies about the First Ladies and this book was frequently referenced in the book about Frances Cleveland. 'Ike' Hoover was hired as a 19y/o electrician in the Harrison White House and quickly advanced to usher status. He spent the majority of his career as the Head Usher, serving until his untimely death at age 61 shortly after FDR became president. Notes about the presidents during his younger years is sparse but the info becomes more detailed as he ages and perhaps understands the unique position he's in to make note of the presidents' unique personalities. There is interesting information about the presidents' personality, quirks, relationships, etc. The book slows in the middle when there is tedious information about Presidents Wilson and Coolidge but it was an enjoyable read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joel Manuel

    These are the reminiscences of Irwin "Ike" Hoover, who worked the titular "42 years" at the White House, serving as Chief Usher for about 20 years. Hoover chronicles the personalities, manners, and foibles of all the Presidents and First Ladies he worked for, from Benjamin Harrison to Franklin Roosevelt (though I think he died not long into FDR's first term). He writes in a very "old" style, which I happen to find very enjoyable; I especially like his descriptions of the various receptions and s These are the reminiscences of Irwin "Ike" Hoover, who worked the titular "42 years" at the White House, serving as Chief Usher for about 20 years. Hoover chronicles the personalities, manners, and foibles of all the Presidents and First Ladies he worked for, from Benjamin Harrison to Franklin Roosevelt (though I think he died not long into FDR's first term). He writes in a very "old" style, which I happen to find very enjoyable; I especially like his descriptions of the various receptions and state dinners which took place under his watch. Recommended to readers who want an inside look at the White House and its occupants from the 1890s to the 1930s, warts and all. Hoover's descriptions of Woodrow Wilson's illness are particularly poignant and striking.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A rare look inside the white house: staffing, decorating, entertaining, etc... It also gives you a look at the presidents of the 60s and 70s and their families in a way you've never seen them before. (Guess which first lady didn't get out of bed until noon every morning, conducting her morning business in her nightgown & cap?) The stories and experiences told first-hand make this historical book an excellent read. A rare look inside the white house: staffing, decorating, entertaining, etc... It also gives you a look at the presidents of the 60s and 70s and their families in a way you've never seen them before. (Guess which first lady didn't get out of bed until noon every morning, conducting her morning business in her nightgown & cap?) The stories and experiences told first-hand make this historical book an excellent read.

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