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A Home Like No Other and a Book that Delivers with a Stunning Collection of Photos (many never seen before) and Fascinating Stories Quietly situated on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in our nation's capital lies Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Built in 1893, the handsome and stately A Home Like No Other and a Book that Delivers with a Stunning Collection of Photos (many never seen before) and Fascinating Stories Quietly situated on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in our nation's capital lies Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Built in 1893, the handsome and stately Queen Anne-style home is surrounded by a forest-like setting, complete with lush greenery, wildlife, and the serene sounds of nature, yet sits just footsteps away from the bustling traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. From never-before-seen photos to candid conversations with former vice-presidents, family members, political power players of their time, and others - Charles Denyer brings to life untold stories and memorable moments of the three-story, green-shuttered mansion covered in layers of off-white paint, and the people who were privileged to call it home.


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A Home Like No Other and a Book that Delivers with a Stunning Collection of Photos (many never seen before) and Fascinating Stories Quietly situated on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in our nation's capital lies Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Built in 1893, the handsome and stately A Home Like No Other and a Book that Delivers with a Stunning Collection of Photos (many never seen before) and Fascinating Stories Quietly situated on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in our nation's capital lies Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Built in 1893, the handsome and stately Queen Anne-style home is surrounded by a forest-like setting, complete with lush greenery, wildlife, and the serene sounds of nature, yet sits just footsteps away from the bustling traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. From never-before-seen photos to candid conversations with former vice-presidents, family members, political power players of their time, and others - Charles Denyer brings to life untold stories and memorable moments of the three-story, green-shuttered mansion covered in layers of off-white paint, and the people who were privileged to call it home.

41 review for Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Mr. Denyer brings a bit of history in this book. I like many others never put much thought into where the Vice President resides. This book provided me a great in depth look into all of the many places that the former and current Vice Presidents have lived. You would be amazed to discover the living arrangements from condominiums to standard ranch style homes, to the new current mansion located at Observatory Circle. It was interesting to read how the current resident home count of thirty three Mr. Denyer brings a bit of history in this book. I like many others never put much thought into where the Vice President resides. This book provided me a great in depth look into all of the many places that the former and current Vice Presidents have lived. You would be amazed to discover the living arrangements from condominiums to standard ranch style homes, to the new current mansion located at Observatory Circle. It was interesting to read how the current resident home count of thirty three can't be accounted for. This is because unlike the White House that has some rooms that are open to the public for tours, the Vice President's home is just that...a home. Therefore, not open to the public. Unless you read this book. Not only did I learn about the different homes but about the different Vice Presidents that served as well. It was like I could hear them speaking out loud. This book is filled with tons of gorgeous photographs featuring the homes, Vice Presidents and their families including children and animals. This book is the type of table top book that you will want to keep out for enjoyment and as a conversation piece.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Smith

    Charles Denyer, a renowned expert in the field of information security/cybersecurity, has published a beautifully put together, brilliant book on so many levels, from the history, to the stories, to the insights, to the photography, while serving many purposes, so I absolutely recommend you secure this not only for yourself, but anyone you know with an interest in U.S. history, politics, architecture, photography, and families, as this is the epitome of the "perfect gift." While it appears to be Charles Denyer, a renowned expert in the field of information security/cybersecurity, has published a beautifully put together, brilliant book on so many levels, from the history, to the stories, to the insights, to the photography, while serving many purposes, so I absolutely recommend you secure this not only for yourself, but anyone you know with an interest in U.S. history, politics, architecture, photography, and families, as this is the epitome of the "perfect gift." While it appears to be the quintessential coffee table book and one can certainly use it as such, it is much more than that. If you ask most average American where the home of the USVP is they don't have a clue, however after taking a deep dive into "Number One Observatory Circle - The Home of the Vice President of the United States," this will no longer be a challenging trivia question. The book begins with a thoughtful foreword from USVP Walter Mondale, reflecting back on his four years at Number One Observatory Circle. The first half of the book looks into great detail about the fascinating history of the USVP home, and how it came to be recognized as such on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory. It is evident by the scope and depth of this book, that Charles spent years working on the book, and gained rare, unprecedented access to the USVPs and their families throughout the project. The second half of the book features chapters on the last eight Vice Presidents in U.S. history, spanning more than 44 years from Nelson Rockefeller to Mike Pence, so if you are looking to find unique and rare photos, never heard before insights and stories, as well as never revealed behind-the-scenes information about past vice presidents and their families, this exceptional book is a must have. All Americans should know about the office and the individual who is the second-in-command and just a heartbeat away from the presidency! As a result of publishing "Number One Observatory Circle", there is no question Charles has to be considered one of the foremost authorities/historians on multiple aspects of the Office of the USVP, and arguably has spent more time collectively with all of them than few if any other American citizen alive today. Charles has other books in the pipeline over the next few years, and I can easily imagine they will all be of the same outstanding caliber as his first book! I can't wait to see, read and share them with everyone I know.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ManOfLaBook.com

    Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States by Charles Denyer is a beautiful coffee table book which is not only eye candy, but informative as well. Visiting ex-President’s homes has become a “thing” in my family. We seem to manage to try and visit some historical home or historical site on our road trips or vacation. Several of these homes have been our favorites on many occasions (George Washington’s Mt. Vernon is a family favorite which we visit at least Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States by Charles Denyer is a beautiful coffee table book which is not only eye candy, but informative as well. Visiting ex-President’s homes has become a “thing” in my family. We seem to manage to try and visit some historical home or historical site on our road trips or vacation. Several of these homes have been our favorites on many occasions (George Washington’s Mt. Vernon is a family favorite which we visit at least once a year). When I was offered a chance to receive Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States by Charles Denyer I jumped on the opportunity (although to my shame, not soon enough). Imagine my surprise when I received this beautiful, hard cover, edition – I could not wait to go through it. The book did not disappoint, not only is it beautiful on the outside, the enclosed photographs of the house, grounds, intimate moments of Vice-Presidents and Presidents with the loved ones, staff, and stuff are alone worth getting the book. But there is more, the content of this book is both engrossing and educational. I never knew much about the Vice-Presidents’ residence, and its history is relatively short, but nonetheless fascinating. The author goes into a bit of history about the Vice-President’s role and the men who created this “worthless” office into a seat which wields power and authority. HE goes on to describe how the residence came to be and, of course, it’s famous occupants. The residence is a recent addition to the government, and so the author can dedicate real-estate (pun intended) to its occupants, their rise to power, family life and, of course, decoration of their new home. Each chapter about the Vice-Presidents and their wives gives are a glimpse into their personal home, how it was decorated and their taste in art. For the record, at the time of this post, we have managed to visit eight homes of ex-Presidents. That number could have been close to 15 if we would have planned better or had more time (usually the latter). For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    What an absolutely lovely and surprisingly interesting book this was! I lived in Washington, DC for a number of years, so was familiar with the Vice President's Residence within the grounds of the Naval Observatory. But being "familiar" didn't mean that I knew very much about the building itself (beyond its location and existence, which is apparently more than many people know, according to the introductory materials) - or its residents. The VP gets a bit of a bum-rap quite often; jokes, snide r What an absolutely lovely and surprisingly interesting book this was! I lived in Washington, DC for a number of years, so was familiar with the Vice President's Residence within the grounds of the Naval Observatory. But being "familiar" didn't mean that I knew very much about the building itself (beyond its location and existence, which is apparently more than many people know, according to the introductory materials) - or its residents. The VP gets a bit of a bum-rap quite often; jokes, snide remarks, and eye rolling tend to follow comments and statements about both the office and the people who have held it. But under Denyer's thoughtful stewardship, the house and the office are given a long-overdue respectful treatment that proved to be both insightful and enjoyable to read. The coffee table-style book is a gorgeous collection of photos throughout the years, accompanied by fascinating tidbits of history from the earliest years of the office and its officeholders (and their private living arrangements), but its main focus is on the XX years during which there was (finally) an official Vice Presidential residence. After that history lesson, there are chapters that cover each of the Vice Presidents and their families who have lived in the residence. From Ford to Pence, the chapters describe life within the walls of One Observatory Circle in a respectful behind-the-curtain style that is both entertaining and informative. And the photographs presented throughout are simply lovely - capturing moments of family life, pomp and circumstance, the images are a glorious homage to this monumental building and the men, women, children - and pets! - who have called its walls home. This would be a lovely gift for anyone interested in politics, the presidency, or political history. I will definitely be giving a copy to my American History-fanatic father! My review copy of Number One Observatory Circle was graciously provided by the book's publicist.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Jones

    If you’ve read this far then you already know that Number One Observatory Circle is the official residence of the Vice President of the United States. If you’re like me, that information comes as new knowledge. For my part, I say that with some chagrin, given that not only did I spend my teen years in the D.C. area, but as the daughter of a naval officer, it seems I should at least have been aware that our #2 in command lives on prime naval property. So I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn s If you’ve read this far then you already know that Number One Observatory Circle is the official residence of the Vice President of the United States. If you’re like me, that information comes as new knowledge. For my part, I say that with some chagrin, given that not only did I spend my teen years in the D.C. area, but as the daughter of a naval officer, it seems I should at least have been aware that our #2 in command lives on prime naval property. So I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn something I did not know about an area I thought I knew pretty well. This big, beautiful book brings together two of the main reasons I love to read: education and enjoyment. With just the right non-partisan touch, the author takes an interested look into the lives of all the veeps and their families who have called Number One Observatory Circle home. It makes for a unique historical overview of the last half-century or so. Fans of both history and architecture will appreciate the author’s coverage of the unique aspects of this previously rather un-celebrated property. It’s a well written book, entertaining but not frivolous. With its gorgeous photography, Number One Observatory Circle would make an appealing addition to the coffee table of many a U.S. history buff or military vet. Thanks to the author for providing me this book free of charge. All opinions are mine.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Mason

    A COFFEE TABLE READ 257 PGS FULL OF BLACK AND WHITE AND COLORED PICTURES OF VICE PRESIDENTS FROM 1970-2016!? WITH GLOSSERY AND NOTES AT END OF PICTURE BOOK!?! FROM SOME OF PICTURES OF THIER FORMER HOMES BEFORE VICE PRESIDENTS HOME IN WASHINGTON D.C.!?AND FAMILY PICTURES THE PUBLIC NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND AFTER ELECTION ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO THAT WHEN TALKING ABOUT VICE PRESIDENCY!?! I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK FAST AND QUICK READ WITH ALOT OF COMMENTARY UNDER AND AFTER THE PICTURES THIS BOOK FULL THEM!? A COFFEE TABLE READ 257 PGS FULL OF BLACK AND WHITE AND COLORED PICTURES OF VICE PRESIDENTS FROM 1970-2016!? WITH GLOSSERY AND NOTES AT END OF PICTURE BOOK!?! FROM SOME OF PICTURES OF THIER FORMER HOMES BEFORE VICE PRESIDENTS HOME IN WASHINGTON D.C.!?AND FAMILY PICTURES THE PUBLIC NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND AFTER ELECTION ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO THAT WHEN TALKING ABOUT VICE PRESIDENCY!?! I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK FAST AND QUICK READ WITH ALOT OF COMMENTARY UNDER AND AFTER THE PICTURES THIS BOOK FULL THEM!?!?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Duane Prejean

    Great book About the Modern Vice Presidency and the Official residence of these men.

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