Book Review: The Gatekeepers

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. 

I normally do not reach for political books, but “The Gatekeepers” by Chris Whipple seemed like it could be interesting. If nothing else, I knew my husband would enjoy it once I finished. For one thing, he is great at history. Remembering dates and specific events and figures comes second nature to him. I, on the other hand, am TERRIBLE at memorization. So, while I enjoy learning about historical events, the chances of me recalling specific facts versus the overall feeling of that time are pretty slim.

“The Gatekeepers” is a book about the importance of the chief of staff position in the White House. I had never given much thought to what this position entails, but the author explains just how crucial a great chief of staff is to a successful presidency. The chief of staff protects the most valuable resource the president has: his time. He makes sure that any meetings that take place are actually necessary. He reviews information before it gets to the president in order to save the president the extra effort of having to determine what is important and true.

I think this is a great book to take chapter-by-chapter. Each chapter discusses a different president, starting with Nixon and ending with Trump, and their relationships with their chiefs of staff. There is a lot of information in each chapter, but it is all very interesting. Whipple gleaned the information through research and interviews of eighteen previous chiefs of staff and two former presidents. He wove the stories together to create a “behind the scenes” feel of the inner workings of a presidency. It definitely tells a more in-depth history than anything I had learned in school!




This book was received as part of the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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