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Prisoners of the White House

The Isolation Of America's Presidents And The Crisis Of Leadership

By Kenneth T Walsh

President Harry Truman famously called the White House the great white jail. One can scarcely imagine an environment outside the nation s penal system that is more isolating than the Executive Mansion, a habitat almost guaranteed to keep America s commander in chief far removed from everyday life. In fact, isolation is emerging as one of the most serious dilemmas facing the American presidency. In recent years, West Wing insiders have come up with a name for this syndrome. They call it the White House bubble. Life under these conditions is a basic theme of this book, along with ways out of it, including bus tours, pollsters, and an attentive first family.

As presidents have become more isolated, the role of the presidential pollster has grown. Ken Walsh has been given exclusive access to the polls and confidential memos received by presidents over the years, and has interviewed presidential pollsters directly to gain their unique perspective. The bubble is real, intense, hard to pierce, and hard to find your way out of, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in one of several interviews for this book. Ken Walsh gets inside the bubble and punctures the mythology surrounding the presidency.

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2013

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9781612051604


Format: Book
Author: Walsh, Kenneth T
Title: Prisoners of the White House : the isolation of America's presidents and the crisis of leadership / by Kenneth T. Walsh.
Publisher Date: Boulder : Paradigm Publishers, [2013]
Subject: White House (Washington, D.C.) Presidents -- United States Presidents -- United States -- Social life and customs. Political leadership -- United States United States -- Politics and government
Isbn: 9781612051604 (hardcover : alk. paper) 161205160X (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Walsh, Kenneth T.
Title: Prisoners of the White House : the isolation of America's presidents and the crisis of leadership / by Kenneth T. Walsh.
Publisher, Date: Boulder : Paradigm Publishers, [2013]
Description: xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: White House (Washington, D.C.)
Subjects: Presidents -- United States
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Social life and customs.
Subjects: Political leadership -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-233) and index.
LCCN: 2013002152
ISBN: 9781612051604 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 161205160X (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 973.099 Wal