The Butler

The Butler

A Witness to History

Book - 2013
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When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread, so embedded in the culture, as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no fewer than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. During his thirty-four years of service, Allen became what the Independent described as a "discreet stagehand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theater of all."
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2013.
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781476752990
1476752990
Branch Call Number: 973.92 H331
Characteristics: xii, 96 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm

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Angeleyes8
Jul 22, 2014

The movie that was made based on this book related the story well. I actually seen the movie first but wanted to read the book to see if the movie told the story correctly.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

If you’re looking for a traditional birth-to-present biography of Eugene Allen, you’re going to want to keep looking. Ditto if you were hoping for an in-depth “behind the scenes” glimpse of what life in the White House was like during different presidencies. This seems to a compilation of various “fly on the wall” moments of varying aspects of Allen’s life, presidencies, the making of the movie, and cinematographic history.

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matrixy
Apr 23, 2014

history of civil rights in usa through the eyes of one family, including the u.s. presidents. oprah is so good , i forgot she was oprah. based on a true story, some tearful moments.

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Shelley51
Dec 23, 2013

Very interesting story and lots of great pictures. Can't wait to see the movie.

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mariednguyen
Sep 26, 2013

How True Is The Butler?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/15/the_butler_movie_true_story_eugene_allen_vs_cecil_gaines_lee_daniels_fictional.html

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mariednguyen
Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date August 16, 2013 (USA)

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