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"Fight House looks juicy as all hell" - National Review “Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history.” - Jewish Insider THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FIGHT HOUSE President Trump’s White House is famously tumultuous. But as presidential historian and former White House staffer Tevi Troy reminds us, bitter rivalries inside the W "Fight House looks juicy as all hell" - National Review “Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history.” - Jewish Insider THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FIGHT HOUSE President Trump’s White House is famously tumultuous. But as presidential historian and former White House staffer Tevi Troy reminds us, bitter rivalries inside the White House are nothing new. From the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, when the modern White House staff took shape, to Donald Trump, the White House has been filled with ambitious people playing for the highest stakes and bearing bitter grudges. In Fight House, you’ll discover: -The advisor to President Harry Truman that General George Marshall refused to acknowledge -How the supposed “Camelot” Kennedy White House was rife with conflict -How Dr. Henry Kissinger displaced other national security advisors to gain President Richard Nixon’s ear -Why President Jimmy Carter’s personal pettiness and obsession with detail led to a dysfunctional White House—and played a role in his losing the 1980 election -How the contrasting management styles of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan led to some epic White House staff clashes -Why the “No Drama Obama” White House was anything but no drama Insightful, entertaining, and important, Tevi Troy’s Fight House will delight and instruct anyone interested in American politics and presidential history.


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"Fight House looks juicy as all hell" - National Review “Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history.” - Jewish Insider THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FIGHT HOUSE President Trump’s White House is famously tumultuous. But as presidential historian and former White House staffer Tevi Troy reminds us, bitter rivalries inside the W "Fight House looks juicy as all hell" - National Review “Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history.” - Jewish Insider THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FIGHT HOUSE President Trump’s White House is famously tumultuous. But as presidential historian and former White House staffer Tevi Troy reminds us, bitter rivalries inside the White House are nothing new. From the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, when the modern White House staff took shape, to Donald Trump, the White House has been filled with ambitious people playing for the highest stakes and bearing bitter grudges. In Fight House, you’ll discover: -The advisor to President Harry Truman that General George Marshall refused to acknowledge -How the supposed “Camelot” Kennedy White House was rife with conflict -How Dr. Henry Kissinger displaced other national security advisors to gain President Richard Nixon’s ear -Why President Jimmy Carter’s personal pettiness and obsession with detail led to a dysfunctional White House—and played a role in his losing the 1980 election -How the contrasting management styles of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan led to some epic White House staff clashes -Why the “No Drama Obama” White House was anything but no drama Insightful, entertaining, and important, Tevi Troy’s Fight House will delight and instruct anyone interested in American politics and presidential history.

52 review for Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

  1. 4 out of 5

    Omri Marcus

    To get away from the POTUS having COVID-19 TV coverage, and to fight my addiction to polls, I dived into a book. I just finished reading Tevi Troy's "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump." Maybe it should have a shorter title. Something like "White Narcissistic Men Who Messed Up the Free World." It's a book about management from the angle of how-not-to do it. But, as chaotic past administrations have been, as short-sighted and power-hungry past presidents have been - I' To get away from the POTUS having COVID-19 TV coverage, and to fight my addiction to polls, I dived into a book. I just finished reading Tevi Troy's "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump." Maybe it should have a shorter title. Something like "White Narcissistic Men Who Messed Up the Free World." It's a book about management from the angle of how-not-to do it. But, as chaotic past administrations have been, as short-sighted and power-hungry past presidents have been - I'm sure that what we're seeing now is unprecedented. So much for escaping the news but a fascinating read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Urey Patrick

    Internecine warfare in Presidential administrations is a fact of life - people jockey for prestige, power, position and point of view. Much of it is as personal as it might be ideological. Much of it is driven by ego and status-seeking. Troy provides an interesting, often fascinating, exposition of White House rivalries and the consequences that arose. It's fun reading, although also depressing in the sense that one would hope human facilities were less rampant in such exalted settings. History Internecine warfare in Presidential administrations is a fact of life - people jockey for prestige, power, position and point of view. Much of it is as personal as it might be ideological. Much of it is driven by ego and status-seeking. Troy provides an interesting, often fascinating, exposition of White House rivalries and the consequences that arose. It's fun reading, although also depressing in the sense that one would hope human facilities were less rampant in such exalted settings. History repeatedly teaches us otherwise. There is no escaping the human condition, no matter the setting or the seriousness of the circumstances. Something to keep in mind...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Meyer

    A compelling, organized, well-researched, and easily digestible read. Troy lays out a sound thesis of three criteria by which he evaluates the internal rivalries within every administration since Truman. He ends with a brief review of President Trumps first few years in office. While not on the level of a book such a Gibbs & Duffy's, The Presidents Club - Fight House is a fascinating review of management techniques, and the form and function of White House staffs and cabinets. A compelling, organized, well-researched, and easily digestible read. Troy lays out a sound thesis of three criteria by which he evaluates the internal rivalries within every administration since Truman. He ends with a brief review of President Trumps first few years in office. While not on the level of a book such a Gibbs & Duffy's, The Presidents Club - Fight House is a fascinating review of management techniques, and the form and function of White House staffs and cabinets.

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