Book Review #14: Under This Roof

This book was given to me by the publishers on behalf of Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

  Author: Paul Brandus

Language: English

Genre: Political History, Non-fiction

Date of Publish: 29 September 2015

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Number of Pages: 297

 I pray to heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it… May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this room.

(Words carved into a mantle in the State Dining Room on orders of Roosevelt)

The quote describes everything that the book is about. The book comes with a description detailing the history of white house with respect to the presidents who have taken up their seat. The author shows his insight into the life and history of White House and the Presidents through his close association as quoted in the book:

An award-winning, independent member of the White House press corps, Paul Brandus founded West Wing Reports ® in 2009 (Twitter: @WestWingReport) and provides reports for television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas. He is also a Washington columnist for The Week and moderates panels for the magazine in Washington and around the U.S. on topics like cybersecurity, energy and infrastructure. He has lectured at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

An innovator in social media, Brandus’s Twitter account @WestWingReport is the second biggest among all accredited members of the White House press corps. In 2011, he won the Shorty Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The Atlantic calls Brandus “One of the top Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter.”


I have never seen myself getting enrolled in a book that is based on politics. But this book has proven me wrong. Every country is represented by its unique history. I have often be told that my interest in history in the form of ancient relics and lost artifacts is misguided because history has a far greater depth beyond the mere existence of civilization. What makes history more fascinating is the game of politics that the humans play. I never imagined this day would come, but I loved this book.

There is no plot line that you can actually count on other than the main symbol of US history – The White House. Like any other monument, it din’t come into shape just like that; there is a far greater story behind each brick and mortar of this building. The author has brilliantly played out this book. Each President has played a role in making of The White House. There may have been 43 presidents who have sworn in so far, but there are only 21 who actually made a greater impact in the pages of history as well as bringing splendor to the White House. What I loved the most about this book is how the author related the personalities of all the 21 presidents with the symbol of power that the White House currently speaks about.

The Language used is definitely pleasing to read and understand, but as a reader it i really difficult to imagine all the technical details that has been explained regarding the architecture of White House, if one hasn’t seen it actually. Pictorial representation of these details would make it more approachable. However, being an uncorrected e-proof, the publisher makes a remark of it and I hope the finished product will take this into consideration.

My Rating: 4.8 out of 5

My opinion: Definitely a must-read for all, irrespective of whether history and politics is your favored genre.


5 thoughts on “Book Review #14: Under This Roof

      1. Wow…for capturing Bin Laden I suppose, because for the life of me, I can’t figure out what else he did right. The recent mess-up being that in Syria.


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