Thorndike Press

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

  • Chris Whipple
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  • ISBN-10: 1524736295
  • ISBN-13: 9781524736293
  • DDC: 973.92
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • Paperback
  • Published/Released April 2017

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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.


Customer Reviews

“A vibrant narrative of the real-world West Wing . . . confident and fast-paced . . . In this page-turner of a history, readers will discover new facets of historical events that they felt they already knew.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Whipple reviews the high and low points of the past eight administrations, and he greatly enhances the narrative with his many interviews. . . . A well-researched, well - written review of a unique government position informative for the general public and an insightful blueprint for the new administration.”

— Kirkus Reviews