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Two white house maids, a remarkable mother and her daughter, reveal what it was really like upstairs, downstairs at the white house.


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Two white house maids, a remarkable mother and her daughter, reveal what it was really like upstairs, downstairs at the white house.

30 review for Backstairs At The White House (The Civil War In The Carolinas )

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This is an older book, but still very interesting, I had read it a long time ago, and had to read it again. Full of hisory in a different point of view!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diana Jackson

    This well read paperback was given to me on loan ~ Mother and daughter both worked as maids in the Whitehouse over five decades and eight administrations. An enjoyable and informative read, such an eye opener to the presidents lives and that of their families and how their servants gave their lives to the job as if it was an honour.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Liked learning tidbits about many Presidents. Wished for more. Curious about any contracts that White House employees must sign concerning what they are allowed t.o publish.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reginald

    Biographical like details of the lives of a family who worked behind the scenes at the White House for Presidents Taft (1909-13) through the beginning of Kennedy's term (1961-63). This story, that is based on true life accounts, looked at the sworn secrecy in the lives of the First Families that they served, including the abnormalities that were ever so present when it came to the First Couples to even some of the obviously troubled First Children. Although this book was made into a "made for TV Biographical like details of the lives of a family who worked behind the scenes at the White House for Presidents Taft (1909-13) through the beginning of Kennedy's term (1961-63). This story, that is based on true life accounts, looked at the sworn secrecy in the lives of the First Families that they served, including the abnormalities that were ever so present when it came to the First Couples to even some of the obviously troubled First Children. Although this book was made into a "made for TV" mini series during the 1980s, as usual, the book is the more un-edited and very detailed choice. I personally, loved the historical timeline significance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Love, love, LOVE this book. The stories of two women (maid Maggie Rogers and her daughter, seamstress Lillian) who worked at the White House for eight administrations, from 1909 to 1961. Behind-the-scenes stories of the Presidents, their families, their presidential actions, and the White House staff. Love, love, LOVE this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Does this count as historical fiction or a biography of the two maids? Engrossing read, one of the first "big" books I read after having seen the miniseries in the 70s. The only negative I would have to admit is the Maggie years are rich in description and narrative while Lillian's years of service without her mother are lacking in detail and personable ancetodes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    I LOVED this book...based on a true story...made into a mini-series...I also read the book it was based on "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the Whitehouse" by Lillian Rogers Parks. The mini-series was on in the late 1970's and I remember watching that with my mom, then reading the books. I was pretty young, but later-on, when I was older I reread them a bunch and still love them now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This book really shed some light on several presidencies. It was written by a whitehouse maid who grew up there while her mom was a maid. It reveals the deep down attitudes of each president and their personal quirks or habits. This book caused Jackie Kennedy to start making employees sign a statement so they could never write about the white house.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jana Miller

    It was interesting for awhile, but then just more of the same...I ended up skimming some near the end. It didn't really have a plot structure (you know, rising action, climax, etc...) so it felt flat to me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Thompson

    Very good read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely recommend!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steele At

    Great way to read about history.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allison Hipps

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thatrescuechick

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  16. 5 out of 5

    melodie harris

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Sherwood

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Fugere

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenndrev

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chery

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  30. 4 out of 5

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