The White House Staff: Inside the West Wing and Beyond
Bradley H., Jr. Patterson | ISBN: 0815769504 | PDF | 504 pages | 2000 | 8 MB
Several feature films and kiss-and-tell memoirs by presidential appointees from the Reagan era on have portrayed White House staffers as corrupt bureaucrats. Patterson spent 14 years on the staffs of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford and here provides an update of his Ring of Power (LJ 12/88. o.p.) to counter this unsavory image. He interviewed 130 former and current staffers to provide summaries of the 125 offices with 5700 employees that comprise the White House staff, which Patterson calls the true nexus of governance. They range from the 200-member staff of the National Security Advisor to the small-staffed Gifts Office, which determines the fate of the 15,000 gifts a president receives each year. The author contends that the development and implementation of domestic and international policies is centralized in the White House and its staff and not in the unwieldy, inefficient Cabinet. The office descriptions are made interesting by hundreds of anecdotes from people who held staff positions mostly during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
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