What a dumb little nothing book this is. It did, however, inspire me to add the film "The Butler" to my watch list as well as to read the story which inspired both this book and that film: "A Butler Well Served by This Election" (Will Haywood, Washington Post). Save your own time and seek out either of these options before reaching for this book.
I thought the book was a disappointment. Not what I was expecting. Watch the movie!
I loved Eugene Allen's story. It is worth taking this out for that. It only comprises about half the book though. The other half was, to me, the self-serving story of how this man's story was produced into a Hollywood spectacle. I haven't seen the film and don't want to; I am not interested in what Oprah Winfrey or anyone else thinks of the movie-making process. I would have loved to learn more about Mr. Allen.
The movie that was made based on this book related the story well. I actually seen the movie first but wanted to read the book to see if the movie told the story correctly.
If you’re looking for a traditional birth-to-present biography of Eugene Allen, you’re going to want to keep looking. Ditto if you were hoping for an in-depth “behind the scenes” glimpse of what life in the White House was like during different presidencies. This seems to a compilation of various “fly on the wall” moments of varying aspects of Allen’s life, presidencies, the making of the movie, and cinematographic history.
history of civil rights in usa through the eyes of one family, including the u.s. presidents. oprah is so good , i forgot she was oprah. based on a true story, some tearful moments.
Very interesting story and lots of great pictures. Can't wait to see the movie.
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Release date August 16, 2013 (USA)
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