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The Butler

A Witness to History

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From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.

With a foreword by the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not only explores Allen's life and service to eight American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.

Customer Reviews

The Butler

I thought I was buying an actual book, an historical novel, not just background information on movie background information. Looking forward to seeing the movie, but Disappointed I won't be saying "the book was better."

The Butler

This is not a book. It is an advertisement for a movie made about a man who served as a butler at the White House. I was hoping for some insight on life with past Presidents as a servant in the White House. This " book " gave no real insight. The most disappointing purchase I have ever made. Do not purchase. I am sure the subject butler was a very nice man but this book is not worth more than a dollar and really should not be called a book.
I could derive more info from the cover of People magazine while standing in a grocery line. I can't seem to be able to submit a rating of no stars so I gave it lowest possible to be able to submit.
I apologize for being so negative but this is a ripoff.

The Butler

Really disappointed in this book! I should have read the reviews. I really thought I would be reading some insights to life in the White House from "the other side." Instead the story revolved around Hollywood movie making. Guess I will have to see the movie instead to get what I was looking for!

The Butler
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jul 30, 2013
  • Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 112 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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