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THE HIDDEN WHITE HOUSE: HARRY TRUMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS RESIDENCE. Robert Klara. Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2013. 398 pp. with 58 ills. 25 x 16 cm. LC 2013-20952 ISBN 9781250000279 In English.
Publisher's description: Critically acclaimed author Robert Klara leads readers through an unmatched tale of political ambition and technical skill: the Truman administration's controversial rebuilding of the White House. In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history... Leaving only the mansion's facade untouched, workmen gutted everything within, replacing it with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that soon came to include a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter, The story of Truman's rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country's national heritage.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture — Conservation/Restoration
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 156929
Hardcover $26.99t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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