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Monday, September 21, 2015

Join Me for an Exciting Book Launch from Award-winning White House-based Journalist Paul Brandus

Written by  Ira Koretsky

paul brandus book launch

Last year I had the honor and priviledge to co-present a program on messaging and the media with Paul Brandus. I'm not easily impressed. I was after working with Paul. I've met a lot of journalists over my career. He has a insightful grasp of the business side of journalism. And he wants the interviewee to be successful, really successful. 

After receiving my invite to his book launch party, I asked him if I could share it and invite othes. "The more the merrier," he said. Come out and join us on Tuesday 29 September. The reviews list reads like a Whose Who in Washington, DC communications leaders.

Here's some information about Paul, Under this Roof (Amazon link) book launch, and the book itself.  Email me know if you are joining.


About Paul

An award-winning, independent member of the White House press corps, Paul Brandus is the founder of West Wing Reports® in 2009 (Twitter: @WestWingReport, 200k+ followers) and provides reports for television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas. In 2011, he won the Shorty Award for "Best Journalist on Twitter," sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The Atlantic calls Brandus “One of the top Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter.” He lives in Reston, Virginia.

Book Launch

Every guest at the book launch receives their own copy of Under this Roof.

Army and Navy Club
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

on Farragut Square
901 Seventeenth Street
N.W, Washington,D.C. 20006

Farragut North Station (Red Line)
Farragut West Station (Orange/Blue/Silver Line)

UNDER THIS ROOF: The White House and the Presidency—21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories

Why, in the hours before John F. Kennedy was murdered, was a blood-red carpet installed in the Oval Office? Did you know Abraham Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom—so where did he sleep? What really happened in the Situation Room on September 11, 2001? And why was the White House itself—home to a head of state longer than London’s Buckingham Palace, Tokyo’s Imperial Palace and Moscow’s Kremlin—nearly torn down on multiple occasions and moved?

From John Adams—the first President to live in the White House—to Barack Obama, the story of the White House is the story of America itself. You’ll walk with Adams through the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to buy the Louisiana Territory. Feel the fear and panic as the British approach the mansion in 1814—and stand with Dolley Madison as she frantically saves a painting of George Washington. Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as Confederate flags flutter in the breeze on the other side of the Potomac. Brandus takes us into the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and another gambles away the White House china in a poker game. Through triumph and tragedy, boom and bust, secrets and scandals, Brandus takes you to the Situation Room, Presidential Bedroom, Oval Office and more. You’ll read stories of First Ladies—Abigail Adams to Mary Lincoln to Jacqueline Kennedy—that will amaze you, and, along the way, learn how advances in technology that changed the nation—telephones, electricity, radio and more—changed the White House and the presidency forever.

Find the book on Amazon here.

Select praise for Under This Roof:
“Inventive, smart and engaging” —Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief of USA Today

“Under This Roof is like taking a tour of the White House with a gifted storyteller at your side illuminating the most dramatic moments of American history…. Paul Brandus paints a vivid picture.” —Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call.

“This fascinating book is stuffed with secrets and little-known tales of presidential intrigue.” —Larry J. Sabato, New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Half-Century

“[A]n engaging, endearing profile of the world’s most famous residence and the families who called the White House home… I thought I knew just about everything interesting about the presidency—until I read his book!” —Ron Fournier, senior columnist for the National Journal

“[A] fast-moving and well-written history of the presidency… Brandus is a top-notch tour guide, filling his pages with vivid portraits of presidents and their families at work and play.” —Del Quentin Wilber, New York Times bestselling author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

“[A] towering history . . . a riveting narrative.” —David A. Andelman, Editor & Publisher, World Policy Journal; Columnist, USA Today; and author of Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today

“Under this Roof sweeps us into a sensuous account of the history of both the home of the President, and the men and women who designed, inhabited, and decorated it. Paul Brandus captivates with surprising, gloriously raw observations.”—Mark Santangelo, Chief Librarian and Archivist, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky is the president of The Chief Storyteller®, a boutique marketing and sales consulting firm. He has delighted audiences around the world helping them achieve better business outcomes and accelerate their revenue with highly effective written, spoken, and social media communications. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after global speaker, columnist, consultant, and executive coach. Twitter @chiefstorytellr

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