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

By Chris Whipple
Read by Mark Bramhall

11.55 Hours 04/04/2017 unabridged
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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 seventeenliving 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 mighthave been prevented by a more effective chief. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

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Summary

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A New York Times Bestseller

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 seventeenliving 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 mighthave been prevented by a more effective chief.

Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling and insightful…destined to take its place alongside classic works by Richard Neustadt, Theodore White, and other White House chroniclers…A must-read.” Huffington Post
“A vivid, enthralling, and brilliantly reported account.” Christopher Buckley, New York Times bestselling author
“Carefully researched and eminently readable, The Gatekeepers…provides a fresh view of the modern presidencies. Whipple cuts to the heart of what, or more to the point who, makes a presidency succeed or fail.” Newsday
“Could not be more timely…There are valuable lessons in The Gatekeepers for Trump’s chief, the embattled Reince Priebus.” Time
“A treasure trove of stories about ‘the second-most-powerful job in government.’” Fort Worth Star Telegram
“Narrator Mark Bramhall…has an authoritative tone, and he sets a pace that allows us to follow the intrigue, political infighting, and policy successes that historical chiefs of staff have experienced during their tenures. He tells stories, that most Americans haven’t heard, in a low-key manner that allows the words to take precedence.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Chris Whipple

Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. He has also been the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 11.55
Audience: Adult
Edition: English