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In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, National Geographic presents this authoritative overview of America's first home featuring never-before published stories and photographs. Compelling stories—some never before told—bring the White House to life for history buffs, patriots, and fans of Americana. Discover what makes the White House tick, from its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families.


Learn fascinating details of the real-life staff who run this grand home, á la "Downton Abbey." Marvel at the elaborate detail that goes into hosting a state dinner. Meet the beloved pets who've inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read about celebrity visitors, the media, and the security that's so critical in today's world. Sidebars contain tidbits of rare information, and an appendix includes lists of White House First Families, selected menus from state dinners, sample schedules of various presidents, plus historic memorabilia and a complete index. Photos include intimate and candid glimpses of life inside the White House—some never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such a large format.


  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages; 350 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 9 1/8" x 10 7/8"
  • © 2013

Veteran author Noel Grove, former editor/writer for National Geographic, has contributed to several books for the Society, including Atlas of World History and Earth's Last Great Places.


Bill Bushong and Joel Treese are White House experts at the White House Historical Association. WHHA is a nonprofit historical and educational organization that documents the history of the White House. Its mission is to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.


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