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The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency 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 aeffective chief.Filled with shrewd analysis and never before reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

10 thoughts on “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Chris Whipple offers a stunning look behind the curtain and into the depths of the West Wing, wherein resides some of the most powerful unelected figures in the American political machine At the pinnacle of this group is a man for there has yet to be a woman in the role who wears the moniker Chief of Staff CoS Charged with keeping the various factions at bay and protecting the President of the United States POTUS , the CoS serves primarily as a gatekeeper, but also as the one whose j

  2. Diane Diane says:

    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 explains why the role of White House chief of staff is so important, and has fascinating stories from the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill

  3. Jean Jean says:

    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 administration The author states the chief of staff is the second most powerful job in government I found it most interesting to learn about the lessor known and written about but very important men I was u

  4. Steven Z. Steven Z. says:

    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 Robert Mueller, it is refreshing to read Chris Whipple s new book THE GATEKEEPERS HOW THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEFS OF STAFF DEFINE EVERY PRESIDENCY Recently President Trump fired his Chief of Staff, Reince Pribu

  5. Margaret Margaret says:

    4 5 This book describes the evolution of the position of the modern White House Chief of Staff from the presidency of Richard Nixon to that of Barak Obama The book was published in 2017, and there is the briefest of epilogues taking a superficial view of the first few months of the Trump presidency during the tenure of Reince Priebus and on into the beginning of John Kelly s service It s almost unfair to make judgments about a presidency that was not yet a year along Whipple had interviewed all the

  6. LauraBeth LauraBeth says:

    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 Staff and throughout the book, I found myself turning to my husband and saying, Did you know and Listen to this This is probably one of the first books that I ve ever read aloud parts to him because it was so fascin

  7. Randal White Randal White says:

    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 President And to prevent the people who attempted to go around them to reach the President with what they thought were unique and special needs Similar to the military, a lieutenant does not jump the chain of command and go

  8. Frank Theising Frank Theising says:

    I ve been on a bit of a Presidential bio kick lately, working towards a goal of reading at least one biography on each of our 45 Presidents Those biographies, naturally, tend to focus heavily on the President and his decisions, with only a cursory examination of the other key players in a presidential administration With a few exceptions, the Chief of Staff did not figure prominently in the narrative the two exceptions being H.W Brands Reagan The Life and James Cannon s Gerald R Ford An honorable Life Naturally

  9. Barbara (The Bibliophage) Barbara (The Bibliophage) says:

    More reviews at I was reading Chris Whipple s book, The Gatekeepers, I couldn t help but notice how much access he had to the group of 17 White House Chiefs of Staff since Nixon s H.R Haldeman Then I learned that the book was the byproduct of a documentary series on Discovery That explains a lot about the number of interviews Whipple was given by this large group of political insiders However, it should only serve to make you interested in reading the book, not less We spend so much time in h

  10. Linda Linda says:

    Aaron Sorkin s The West Wing was the first that I recognized what the title Chief of Staff meant This book really brings home that a good chief of staff is fundamental to a President s administration.Chris Whipple, gives a brief history of the first named Chief of Staff under President Eisenhower before looking at all of the Chiefs from Richard Nixon s H R Haldeman to Barack Obama s Denis McDonaugh.Some were excellent at the job e.g James Baker for Ronald Reagan and George H.W Bush and Leon Panetta for Bill Clinton all

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