The Executive Branch has undergone vast and dramatic changes over the past fifty years. The development, coordination, and articulation of policy is no longer in the Cabinet, but has now become centered in the White House and in its large and ...
How large is that staff? Much larger than the seventy-five people who work in the West Wing, or the ninety-six who staff the Executive Residence. In fact, there are one hundred twenty-five separately identifiable offices in the total White House staff community (above and beyond the Executive Office)-employing nearly 5,700 men and women. Shrouded in anonymity, protected by executive privilege, and lacking legal or constitutional authority of their own, White House staff members shape, focus, and amplify the presidential power. Yet the public has almost no perception of the staff's complexity or size. Why has the staff become so central-and so large? How is it organized and what do those one hundred twenty-five offices actually do? In this sequel to his critically praised 1988 book, Ring of Power, veteran White House staff member Bradley Patterson takes us inside the closely guarded turf of the White House to reveal the pressures, the frustrations, and the exultation of White House service. In a straightforward narrative free of both partisan and personal agendas, Patterson provides an encyclopedic description of the contemporary White House staff and its operations: Fully describes the twenty-two principal White House staff offices, including those of the First Lady, the Vice President, and (for the first time) the Vice President's spouse Portrays the dozens of hidden, but essential, White House support units-such as the Military Office, the Executive Clerk, the Presidential Diarist-about which the public is completely unaware For the first time in presidential literature, lays out an accounting of the total budget of the modern White House Patterson' s new book will be an indispensable blueprint for the next Chief Executive and incoming staff, and it will be eye-opening reading for students of the presidency and for anyone who has ever wondered: what really goes on behind those gates? Praise for Ring of Power: "Should be required reading for anyone serving in the next administration.... Patterson's book offers a catalogue of updated institutional memory to the bright-eyed aides who will be rushing into the West Wing of the White House in January." -The New York Times