THE INVISIBLES by Jesse Holland

January 27, 2016

Jesse Holland spoke about his book, The Invisibles, at Politics & Prose's 14th & V Busboys & Poets location on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Holland gave us an unconventional and eye-opening tour of D.C. in Black Men Built the Capital, pointing out the many iconic buildings and monuments—including the Capital Dome’s Statue of Freedom—constructed at least in part by enslaved men. In his second book Holland, a longtime AP Washington correspondent who now serves the organization as the race, ethnicity and demographics writer, focuses on the many and far-reaching and often overlooked roles African Americans played in the history of the White House. Ten of the first twelve presidents were slave owners, and they brought slaves with them to the capital; Holland fleshes out the lives of these men and women, recounts their experiences in the new capital, and profiles the early chief executives’ attitudes on race.

The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House By Jesse Holland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493029679
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Lyons Press - September 1st, 2017

THE RESIDENCE by Kate Anderson Brower

June 11, 2015

Kate Anderson Brower spoke about her book, The Residence, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Brower, a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer, covered the Obama White House for four years. Her book gives readers a tour of the parts of the House her Bloomberg reports left out; but, more importantly, she introduces the fascinating people who work behind the scenes of one of the most visible places on earth. Including a manager who has known eleven first families over the course of five decades of service, Brower draws on a veritable living treasury of oral histories, and these close observations and witty stories add immeasurably to our knowledge of chief executives, who have their bad days and quirks, just like everyone else.

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House By Kate Andersen Brower Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062305206
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 8th, 2016


November 3, 2014

Gregg Herken spoke about his book, The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington, at Politics & Prose on Monday November 3, 2014.

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country’s premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America’s response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan. This was a smaller, cozier Washington—utterly unlike today’s capital—where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d’oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day’s newspapers. Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs—and tragedies—with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington By Gregg Herken Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307456342
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - November 24th, 2015