Author Kate Andersen Brower Speaks on Latest Books

By Liam Nehiley ‘20 | November 27, 2018

Kate Andersen Brower with Shane Correale '21

On November 14, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics welcomed Kate Andersen Brower to discuss her book First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power. Brower is a New York Times bestseller for her book The Residence, which focuses on stories of the White House staff, as well as her book First Women, which looks exclusively into the lives of various First Ladies. She is a contributor to CNN, covered the first term of the Obama administration with Bloomberg News, and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek

As part of the Institute’s Bookmark Series, Brower spoke on her books and her time as part of the national media. Her interest for her first book sparked from her time covering former First Lady Michelle Obama. Through that coverage, she became intrigued by the staff whom served the First Family. This would lead her to investigate deeper into the lives of the people who keep the most famous house in America afloat and what it’s like to serve some of the most powerful people in the country. In her presentation, Brower revealed fascinating stories about staff members and the First Family alike, ranging from President Carter exonerating a nanny, to President George H.W. Bush having a fondness for playing Horseshoes with the staff.

Brower then discussed the impact First Ladies have had over the past 70 years, and their importance within each presidency. From the difficulties Mamie Eisenhower imposed upon Jackie Kennedy, to the dark days after the assassination of JFK, to the quiet role Rosalynn Carter had over her husband, Brower went into exciting details of various First Ladies that this country has seen.

She ended with some insight and anecdotes from her latest book, which includes interviews with every living former Vice President and those closest to Mike Pence, to illustrate the role of the Vice President.