Guest of Honor

Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

By Deborah Davis; Karen White (Narrated by)
(Tantor Audio, Compact Disc, 9781452638577)

Publication Date: June 2012

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Description
In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man and former slave sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America's greatest men.
In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.



About the Author
Deborah Davis is the author of "Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X, ""Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball", "Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort", and "The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy". She formerly worked as an executive, story editor, and story analyst for several major film companies.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in "AudioFile"'s Best Voices and "Speaking of Audiobooks"'s Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and "Library Journal" starred reviews.


Praise For Guest of Honor

"A well-researched, highly [listenable] treatment of an important era in racial relations, encapsulated in the meeting of two of the era's most significant men." ---Kirkus Starred Review

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