Published April 4, 2017
Chris whipple
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound


Why the President Needs a Chief of Staff — Michael Duffy
The Divide at the Heart of the White House Spells Disaster — John Dean
Speaking Truth About White House Power. — Jamie Stiehm
The Toughest Job in Washington — Clark S. Judge
How These Chicagoans Handled the “Worst Job in Washington”
— Carol Felsenthal
San Francisco Chronicle
“[Whipple] unearths surprises and lessons galore that could benefit the current White House.”— Joe Garofoli
The New York Times
The Head Honcho’s Head Honcho —John Williams
Dick Cheney, Jim Baker fête Chris Whipple’s latest book.— Richard Johnson

Praise for Chris Whipple’s The Gatekeepers

“Having interviewed all 17 living former chiefs of staff and two former presidents, Whipple offers a scintillating behind-the-scenes look at an office that is all but invisible to the public. This is page-turning catnip for political junkies, who will read it with an eye to what lies in store for Reince Priebus and the Trump administration.”

—Booklist, starred review

“A vibrant narrative of the real-world West Wing…confident and fast-paced…in this page-turner of a history, readers will discover new facets of historical events that they felt they already knew.”

Publishers Weekly

“Whipple reviews the high and low points of the past eight administrations, and greatly enhances the narrative with his many interviews….A well-researched, well-written review of a unique government position—informative for the general public and an insightful blueprint for the new administration.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Highly recommended for those seeking a history of the modern presidency or political insight. Through firsthand accounts of the presidency, it gives valuable understanding of the position and would be a great tool for Reince Priebus as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.”

Library Journal

“Chris Whipple takes us deep inside one of the most important and demanding jobs in Washington—White House chief of staff.  Here we get to know how great power is managed, and exercised by those who have held the job. If you’re a political junkie or merely curious, this is the book for you.”

—Tom Brokaw, former anchor, NBC Nightly News

“The story of White House chiefs of staff—often second only to the president in power—is an especially fresh and engaging way to chart the ups and downs of recent American presidents. And through Chris Whipple’s discerning lens, we learn scores of new things about how government really works at the highest level.”

—Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds and The Promise

“Understanding how government really works, what presidents actually do, and what is the range of ‘normal’ versus ‘unprecedented’ behavior, is more important now than ever before. As The Gatekeepers makes vividly clear, White House chiefs of staff are at the center of the process that determines how presidents succeed or fail. This is an enlightening work of history with important lessons for our immediate future.”

—James Fallows, The Atlantic,
former White House speechwriter

“Chief of staff is a role of recent vintage—the most powerful job in government never mentioned in the Constitution. Chris Whipple has done a wonderful job humanizing the crushing nature of the 24/7 job (literally 24/7) in which all credit or blame goes to the president who is served. This is a book of insights, but so too is it an important manual on how the executive branch of our government functions.”

—Charles Gibson, former anchor,
ABC World News Tonight

“A vivid, enthralling, and brilliantly reported account of White House chiefs of staff, who are—with all respects to U.S. vice presidents—the actual second-most-powerful people in Washington. This is U.S. history through the fascinating prism of the men who guard the door to the Oval Office, and a learned, welcome, and important addition to the study of the executive branch.”

—Christopher Buckley, author of Thank You for Smoking, No Way to Treat a First Lady, and The Relic Master

“The real power in Washington since 1968 has passed through the hands of twenty-one men who were never further than a phone call or a few feet down the hall from the presidents they served. Every page of Whipple’s book casts fresh light on the great events of the last fifty years.”

Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and author of The Killing of Crazy Horse former White House speechwriter

“What is it like to have the toughest job in America? Using his access to seemingly every top White House official of the past half century, Whipple has asked all the right questions and written a book that is at once riveting and highly informative. It is also extremely relevant in the new Age of Trump.”

—Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon

“I loved The Gatekeepers! The reporting is superb, the writing engaging and fair-minded. Unbuttoned at last, these chiefs have wonderful stories to tell…compellingly readable.”

—Alex Beam, author of The Feud, Gracefully Insane, and American Crucifixion

“Chris Whipple is one of our era’s most accomplished multimedia journalists. The Gatekeepers is first-rate history, as told by the men who lived it to a man who knows, with supreme assurance, how to write it.”

—James Rosen, Fox News chief Washington correspondent and author of Cheney One on One

“History, drama, intrigue. Every page is engaging. Required reading for every Washington power player.”

—David Friend, Vanity Fair, author of Watching the World Change

Chris Whipple on tour
New York City
Tue, April 4
6:00 PM

Roosevelt House
In Conversation w/ Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News
Q&A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public.

Washington, DC
Thu Apr 6
Politics & Prose
In Conversation w/ Former Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein
Moderated by Peter Baker of the New York Times
Q&A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public.

Chicago, IL
Wed Apr 12
Union League Club/Author Club
In Conversation w/ Former Chiefs of Staff Bill Daley and
Sam Skinner Moderated by Chris Bury
Authors Luncheon, Q&A and Signing to follow

Call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to make reservations.

Chicago, IL
Wed Apr 12
Highland Park Library
In Conversation w/ Peter Slevin
Highland Park Library
Q&A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public.

Atlanta, GA
Thu Apr 13
Jimmy Carter Library
In Conversation w/ Former Chief of Staff Jack Watson
Moderated by Tony Clark, Jimmy Carter Library
Q&A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public.

Dallas, TX
Tue Apr 18
Authors Live!
Pre-reception, 6pm

Ticketed event
For tickets contact: 214 523 2240

Houston, TX
Wed Apr 19
Baker Institute at Rice University
In Conversation w/ Former Chief of Staff James Baker
A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public

Louisville, KY
Mon Apr 24
Louisville Free Library

Free and open to the public

San Francisco, CA
Thu Apr 27
Commonwealth Club
In Conversation w/ Joe Garofoli, Senior Political Writer at the
San Francisco Chronicle
Q&A and Signing to follow

Ticketed event

Little Rock, AR
Sat Apr 29
Arkansas Literary Festival

Free and open to the public.

New Canaan, CT
Thu Jun 1
New Canaan Library
William Attwood Memorial Lecture
Q&A and Signing to follow

Free and open to the public.


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Current and former CIA directors and analysts weigh in on ISIS and the terrorist attacks in Paris. They’re featured in the new documentary The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs, airing Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

The macabre videotape from ISIS came barely a week after the bloody carnage in Paris: “We bring [President François] Hollande and the people around him good tidings—as we bring [President] Obama good tidings…. Allah willing, we shall roast them with explosive belts and car bombs.”

Contact Chris Whipple’s publicist, Sarah Breivogel