Daily Archives: April 28, 2014

* The Butler by Will Haygood


There is a gem in The Butler: A Witness to History: the story (and pictures!) of  Eugene Allen, an African-American who served in the White House for three decades and, after serving coffee to the men who pushed forward the Civil Rights legislation in the 60’s, eventually attended President Obama’s inauguration as a special guest. It’s a touching and interesting story. So why the lone star? The story is completely overshadowed by that of the movie made about the life of Mr. Allen, and the period pictures are presented side-by-side with stills from the movie, which simply cannot compete for authenticity or significance.

I normally love slim books, but this one, at 100 pages, is twice as long as it should be!

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