The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple

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Read The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Online Free - The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country.

What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States--as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and--most crucially--enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker's expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution--and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief.

Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.



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ISBN : 1524722960
Edition Language : English
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Diane rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

This is a fantastic book on American politics, covering nearly 50 years of U.S. presidents and their White House chiefs of staff. I was keen to pick up The Gatekeepers after seeing it referenced in a news story when Reince Priebus, Donald Trump's chief of staff, was fired in July. The book explain...


Jean rated it ★★★★★

April 23, 2017

I found this a most interesting book to read. I learned a lot of information not only about the chief of staff but also about the president and his administration. The chief of staff(COS) is the highest-ranking White House employee. According to Whipple the chief of staff can make or break an adm...


Steven rated it ★★★★★

September 01, 2017

At a time when the oval office is occupied by a man who seems to know no bounds of decency when it comes to race, hounds people who disagree with him on twitter, and vilifies individuals who he views as disloyal or refuse to do his bidding like former FBI head James Comey or Special Prosecutor Ro...


LauraBeth rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2017

I loved this book because of its inside look into one of the most powerful (and most difficult) positions in the world, the White House Chief of Staff. Chris Whipple is an excellent journalist and in his hands, this book reads like a fascinating documentary. He interviews all 17 living Chiefs of...


Randal rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2017

Awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Whipple created an accounting of the White House Chiefs of Staff from Nixon through Obama. The successful and the not so successful. The successful ones were given the authority to actually control the fire hose of information coming into the Presi...


Dominic rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2017

The media obsessively scrutinizes the records of key presidential appointees, including cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court judges, and ambassadors. These positions require Senate confirmation because we deem them so important that we do not trust them to the president alone. Yet, ironically, the...


Susan rated it ★★★★★

March 21, 2017

What a worthwhile read. From Nixon to Obama, the book reviews the highs and lows of each presidential term. Presidential legacies can be damaged or greatly facilitated by a president's chief of staff. The book is very readable.


Verna rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

If you are political wonk and want to go behind closed doors, this is the book.


Bob rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2017

Summary: A study of the White House Chiefs of Staff, from the Nixon through Obama administrations, and how critical the effective execution of this role is to an effective presidency. During the final weeks of the Bush (43) administration, an unprecedented meeting took place in the office of Josh...


Daniel (Attack of the Books!) rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2017

One of my favorite do-it-yourself therapies for the everyday grind is to put on my grungy clothes, plug in my headphones, and fire up the lawn mower. I mow, and I listen to a book, and then when I start to run out of grass, I find other yard work. On a good Saturday, I can crank through a novel o...





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