An incredible collaboration featuring a stunning collection of Presidential homes painted by artist Adam Van Doren with a foreword by David McCullough.
Pre-eminent historian David McCullough and noted artist Adam Van Doren unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present. The text is personal and unaffected; Van Doren visited these homes to ensure that he recorded every detail accurately, often becoming acquainted with the former presidents themselves, always trying to portray them in the human environment they created for themselves. The artwork is perceptive and revealing; he misses very little. McCullough puts the history of the homes in perspective in his lucid and perceptive prose. A gift book both useful and beautiful belonging to the library of anyone interested in our architectural, social, or political history.
The House Tells the Story if it does nothing else, proves that the art of letter writing is not, after all, dead. Every page of each letter contains one or more charming and evocative watercolor pictures of the houses, furniture, vistas, and historical incidents . . . [it] is an utter delight, as it opens windows into the history of this country by showing how some of this country’s makers and shapers lived.
—John Steele Gordon, Wall Street Journal