Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis audiobook

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

By Deborah Davis
Read by Karen White

Tantor Audio 9781439169810

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200077175

  • ISBN: 9798200077168

  • ISBN: 9798200077182

Runtime: 9.14 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
“Provide[s] a panoramic view of America at the turn of the twentieth century…Davis’ book is a marker of how far the country has come.” Washington Post
“A well-researched, highly readable treatment of an important era in racial relations, encapsulated in the meeting of two of the era’s most significant men.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In fluid prose and with clear respect for her subject matter, Davis paints a vivid picture of race relations at the turn of the twentieth century—a story resonating with today’s fraught political and racial landscape.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Deborah Davis

Author Bio: Deborah Davis

Deborah Davis is the author of several books, including Fabritius and the Goldfinch: A True Story of Art, Tragedy, and Immortality and Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation. She formerly worked as an executive, story editor, and story analyst for several major film companies.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English