Kate Andersen Brower, a former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, has written three books that give behind-the-scenes glimpses of those who lived and worked at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Brower shared her collection of anecdotes and stories she gathered from interviews and research as part of the Hauenstein Center’s Presidents’ Day Celebration on February 21 at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium on the Grand Rapids Pew Campus.
Brower’s three books focus on the relationships among presidents and three groups: the service staff, the first ladies and the vice presidents. A fourth book, “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump,” reveals the friendships and occasional tensions that arise among the former presidents.
“One quote from Eisenhower really resonated with me,” Brower said. “He said, ‘This country is far more important than any of us.’ That is the point of the fourth book.
“While the former presidents are very different in their philosophies, how they lived their lives and how they got to the pinnacle of power, they all strongly believe in the country, a peaceful transfer of power and the Constitution. There’s a sense that they are bound together.”