JB West worked as an assistant usher and then, later, as chief usher at the White House from 1941 until 1969. In Upstairs at the White House, he tells many amusing and interesting anecdotes about his time managing the residence and working closely with the first ladies. The book is split into sections about the Roosevelts, Trumans, Eisenhowers, Kennedys, Johnsons, and Nixons (though he only worked with Pat Nixon for about 6 weeks before he retired so that is a very short section). It’s well-written and told in a laid back, storytelling way. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in presidents.
5 (out of 5) Stars