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Publisher Description

In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families.
 J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests—including friends, relatives, and heads of state.
J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 1
Open Road Media
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

Customer Reviews

vertigo52 ,

Great Book

Very interesting and well-written book about the Chief Usher's work in the White House under Presidents FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and part of the Nixon administrations. There is a lot of fascinating history here, as well as fun tidbits about how each President and his wife ran the White House. I learned a lot and really enjoyed it.

murryconrad ,


there are a few spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes but I thoroughly enjoyed the read

Sandy K. S. ,

This book is a wonderful read

I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. Loved the stories and insight to the White House, the First Ladies and all that happened there throughout the years.