Award-winning White House correspondent and presidential historian
Kenneth T. Walsh’s latest book,
Celebrity in Chief
A history of the presidents and the culture of stardom,
With a New Epilogue on Hillary and “The Donald”
A comprehensive look at the history of America’s presidents
as “celebrities in chief”
since the beginning of the Republic.
Celebrity in chief A history of the Presidents and the culture of stardom,
Celebrity in Chief, by award-winning White House correspondent and presidential historian Kenneth T. Walsh, takes a detailed and comprehensive look at the history of America’s presidents as “celebrities in chief” since the beginning of the Republic. Walsh makes the point that modern presidents need to be celebrities and build on their fame in order to propel their agendas and rally public support for themselves as national leaders so that they can get things done. Among the special features of the book are photos illustrating the intersection of the presidency with popular culture. An update looking at Hillary and "the Donald" puts contemporary politics in perspective with the evolution of presidential celebrity.
PRISONERS OF THE WHITE HOUSE
The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership
Prisoners of the White House examines a serious problem in the modern presidency - the isolation and insularity of the White House. In recent years, West Wing insiders have come up with a name for this syndrome. They call it the White House “bubble.” Life under these conditions is a basic theme of this book, along with ways out of it, including bus tours, pollsters, and an attentive first family.
FAMILY OF FREEDOM
Presidents and African Americans in the White House
This book examines the intertwined relationships between the presidents and the African Americans who have been an integral part of the White House since the beginning of the Republic. The book discusses the racial attitudes and policies of the presidents and shows how African Americans helped to shape those attitudes and policies over the years.
FROM MOUNT VERNON TO CRAWFORD
A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats
From George Washington (Mount Vernon) to George W. Bush (Crawford ranch), from FDR (Hyde Park) to JFK (Hyannisport), almost every single president has had a beloved place where he could really be himself. Based on Walsh’s interviews with four of the living presidents, as well as scores of officials and staff, From Mount Vernon to Crawford is a fascinating glimpse into this largely unexamined facet of American government.
AIR FORCE ONE A history of the presidents and their planes
Based on interviews with five living presidents, scores of past and present government officials, and staff and crew members of Air Force One, Walsh's book features countless fascinating and often outrageous stories of life aboard the "flying White House."
Political correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh examines the roots of the man who went from small-town middle America to Hollywood and the White House, and tells us how Ronald Reagan developed his unflagging belief in the American dream.
FEEDING THE BEAST The white house Versus the Press
"Kenneth Walsh has combined his own rich experience with trenchant analysis and a penetrating sense of history to bring us a vital and fascinating portrait of the troubled, complex relationship between our press and our Presidents."
- MICHAEL BESCHLOSS