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Wil Haygood , David Oyelowo , Forest Whitaker , Oprah Winfrey , Lee Daniels

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13. August 2013
The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.

Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made.

With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.

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"Wil Haygood blends the political with the personal in this portrait of White House butler Eugene Allen. Allen, an African-American, served eight US presidents (from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan) for 34 years – a span of time that included remarkable gains in civil rights." (The Christian Science Monitor)

"The Butler: A Witness to History should get just as much, if not more, attention than the film which uses its story for thematic foundation. Wil Haygood adds Eugene Allen’s chronicle to his impressive list of essential works on great figures in black and American history." (ArtsNash) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and a writer for the Washington Post, Wil Haygood has been described as a cultural historian. He is the author of a trio of iconic biographies. His King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., told the story of the enigmatic New York congressman and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. That was followed—after publication of a family memoir—by In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., which was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Music Biography Award, the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award, and the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. In 2009, he wrote Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, which told the story of the famed New York pugilist known as much for his prowess in the ring as his elegant style outside of it. Haygood is an associate producer of Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not Enough 6. August 2013
Von SheriZ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I bought this book because I wanted to read the full story of the butler's life and time in the White House. Instead, it was an article about the writer meeting the butler and his wife. It took me less than an hour to read the entire part about the butler. Halfway through the book the butler dies and the book becomes a book about blacks in film. Not what I paid for or wanted.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Horrible 5. August 2013
Von LaToia Ormond - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was expecting some interesting facts and a great storyline... But what I got was information about the movie. Waste of money... Quite disappointed!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too bad there aren't minus stars. 7. August 2013
Von Frequent Traveler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A complete waste of money. Nothing more than a promo news release for the movie. This is the worst excuse for a book I've ever read. Read the movie reviews, you'll get more out if it for nothing.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Just a promotion for the movie 10. August 2013
Von Richard Reynolds - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's worth taking a few moments to look at the structure of this slim book about Eugene Allen, a worker in the White House from 1952 to 1986, who served under eight presidents.
After a two page foreword by Lee Daniels, director of the coming movie also titled "The Butler," we read how author Wil Haygood meets Eugene Allen and his wife, Helene, how he learns of Allen's early life and being hired to work in the White House, and his viewing of Allen's memorabilia in a basement room. Haygood's interviews with Allen reveal some interesting moments during his thirty-four years of service but nothing that we would call salacious gossip. Discretion was and is the key to loyal and successful service in such hallowed halls. All of this is covered in the first forty-four pages including a short aside by Haygood on his own life as a writer.
The next thirty-four pages deal with the filming of the movie in New Orleans and a discussion of how black people have been portrayed in movies. Haygood gives us background information on how difficult it was to get the movie produced and comments about actors such as Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding, Jr., all of whom are in the movie.
The final section of the book is brief and gives two pages each about five different presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan, chief executives whom Eugene Allen was privileged to know and serve.
In summary, this book seems more of an inflated promotion pamphlet for the movie rather than a suitable coverage of Eugene Allen's life and White House career. We see pictures of the five presidents mentioned but there isn't a picture of Eugene Allen anywhere in the book; that's a serious discrepancy in my view.
If this subject interests you, I suggest seeing the movie and hope it tells a better story about Eugene and Helen Allen than this book does.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen One long movie Public Relations stunt 3. August 2013
Von TC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very disappointing waste of money. I hoped to read the book before seeing the movie. The book was essentially how the movie was made and not the story itself.
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