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.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, c2013
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476752990
Branch Call Number: 352.23 HAY
Characteristics: xii, 96 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Butler (Motion picture)


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Jun 03, 2018

What a dumb little nothing book this is. It did, however, inspire me to add the film "The Butler" to my watch list as well as to read the story which inspired both this book and that film: "A Butler Well Served by This Election" (Will Haywood, Washington Post). Save your own time and seek out either of these options before reaching for this book.

Jan 21, 2018

I thought the book was a disappointment. Not what I was expecting. Watch the movie!

Aug 28, 2017

I loved Eugene Allen's story. It is worth taking this out for that. It only comprises about half the book though. The other half was, to me, the self-serving story of how this man's story was produced into a Hollywood spectacle. I haven't seen the film and don't want to; I am not interested in what Oprah Winfrey or anyone else thinks of the movie-making process. I would have loved to learn more about Mr. Allen.

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.

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.

Dec 23, 2013

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

Sep 26, 2013

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Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date August 16, 2013 (USA)


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