The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Book - 2017
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An "in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country. Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn't until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president's closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and--most crucially--enjoys unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. When the president makes a life-and-death decision, often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity..."--Jacket flap
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804138246
Characteristics: 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Apr 25, 2018

For those currently watching what's going on in US politics, this book provides insight into the historical role that the (always male) Presidential Chief of Staff plays. It details each Chief, focusing on how successful or unsuccessful they were in the job as well as the challenges they faced. It was not compelling reading, but taken one chapter at a sitting, it informed me of a role I'd never previously given thought to. A timely read right now.


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