Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times

Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times

I'm still here, still arriving at the White House in the wee hours of the morning, reading the papers and checking the wire, still waiting for the morning briefing, still sitting down to write the first story of the day and still waiting to ask the tough questions. From the woman who has reported on every president from Kennedy to Clinton for United Press International: a u I'm still here, still arriving at the White House in the wee hours of the morning, reading the papers and checking th...

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Title:Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times
Author:Helen Thomas
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Front Row at the White House : My Life and Times
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times Reviews

  • Katrina
    Jul 21, 2013

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

  • Cindy
    Feb 16, 2010

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

  • Jgrace
    Jan 20, 2016

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

  • Gail
    Mar 27, 2019

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

  • Tom
    Apr 29, 2010

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

  • Lotte
    Oct 10, 2008

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

  • Kirsten
    Feb 28, 2017

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

  • Katie
    Nov 26, 2016

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 25, 2008

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

  • Barbara
    Jan 09, 2013

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

    A fascinating and entertaining account of the American Presidency and the American press corp by senior journalist, Helen Thomas. In this book, Thomas covers 8 presidents from Kennedy to Clinton, charts the role of the press in holding presidents to account, and describes life in the W...

    I put this on my list when Thomas died last month. Interesting read, although it becomes tedious near the end, as she labors to summarize in fairly minute detail each of the presidencies she covered. Better, to my mind, were her personal anecdotes about the very flawed, very real men a...

    Plain, journalistic writing but the insider anecdotes held my interest. This book spans Thomas's early life and career and ends with the Clinton administration. Thomas began covering the White House in the Kennedy years and has a lot to say about the character and politics of all of th...

  • Amy
    Sep 13, 2009

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

  • Laura
    May 18, 2017

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

  • Renea
    May 13, 2009

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

  • Aldafan
    Jul 26, 2009

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

    A fascinating and entertaining account of the American Presidency and the American press corp by senior journalist, Helen Thomas. In this book, Thomas covers 8 presidents from Kennedy to Clinton, charts the role of the press in holding presidents to account, and describes life in the W...

    I put this on my list when Thomas died last month. Interesting read, although it becomes tedious near the end, as she labors to summarize in fairly minute detail each of the presidencies she covered. Better, to my mind, were her personal anecdotes about the very flawed, very real men a...

    Plain, journalistic writing but the insider anecdotes held my interest. This book spans Thomas's early life and career and ends with the Clinton administration. Thomas began covering the White House in the Kennedy years and has a lot to say about the character and politics of all of th...

    Got this as a used book. It was o.k, a little disappointing. The first part jumps around back and forth from president to president, sometimes one paragraph to the next. Toward the end she gets more chronological but then it becomes mostly just history you've read other places. I felt ...

  • Tamara Bennett
    Aug 02, 2018

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

  • KOMET
    Mar 07, 2016

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

  • Alan
    Oct 24, 2016

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

    A fascinating and entertaining account of the American Presidency and the American press corp by senior journalist, Helen Thomas. In this book, Thomas covers 8 presidents from Kennedy to Clinton, charts the role of the press in holding presidents to account, and describes life in the W...

  • Sara
    Jul 20, 2013

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

    A fascinating and entertaining account of the American Presidency and the American press corp by senior journalist, Helen Thomas. In this book, Thomas covers 8 presidents from Kennedy to Clinton, charts the role of the press in holding presidents to account, and describes life in the W...

    I put this on my list when Thomas died last month. Interesting read, although it becomes tedious near the end, as she labors to summarize in fairly minute detail each of the presidencies she covered. Better, to my mind, were her personal anecdotes about the very flawed, very real men a...

  • Steve
    May 18, 2019

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

  • Heather
    Jan 18, 2012

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

  • Tom Spann
    Aug 19, 2013

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

  • Shelley
    Dec 02, 2018

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

  • Ryan Moore
    Dec 20, 2018

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

  • Cheryl
    Nov 29, 2014

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

  • Lisa
    Jul 23, 2019

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

  • Barbara Switzer
    Mar 17, 2017

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

  • Mary Beth
    Jul 01, 2019

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

  • Jerry
    Nov 03, 2014

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...

    Many people didn't seem to like Helen Thomas~I was always interested in her. This book offered me a great POV of a reporter as well as different POV's of the presidents and news she observed. There was a lot of information in this book about private moments in the White House, funny mo...

    I recently attended a CityClub meeting at which Helen Thomas was honored/shared some of her personal stories. She is truly an amazing woman. So witty, bright, intuative, and funny. And, what a trailblazer. I really enjoyed learning more about her background (I was pleasantly surprised ...

    Ms. Thomas led a fascinating life covering US presidents from JFK to Obama. Many insights into their personalities & governing styles. Loved the personal moments she had w/ them. Appreciated the mutual respect between the Office & the press. Wish Ms. Thomas was around to cover ...

    I adore Helen Thomas. Learning more about her and her career through her own words made me love and respect her even more. An eye opening read to see how the relationship and between the POTUS and the media has evolved throughout the administrations. ...

    I felt like the book told a lot of what she saw, but not enough of who she is. That being said, I did learn a lot and really enjoyed Helen's stories of her amazing career. ...

    Helen can be annoying, and it could have been much better, but it does give one a taste of what it is to be a White House correspondent. ...

    Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas 4 stars I so enjoyed this book. I picked it up on cassette at my library when I was scanning the shelves for something that would fit the history tag. Before the end of the tapes, I ordered a used copy so I could read it and soak in the de...

    This was at times repetitive: Thomas used the same stories in different contexts. As I got further into the book it seemed that Thomas was a bit self-aggrandizing; however, she is a remarkable woman who used clear and sharp questioning in her role as a White House correspondent which k...

    Thomas makes no bones about her liberal leanings, but throughout her tenure with UPI she never lost sight of her mission as a reporter. Thomas remained a constant throughout the eight administrations she covered. The variable over those years were the administrations themselves. It is ...

    Thomas shares many interesting and compelling anecdotes and insight in this book. The surprisingly poor organization and writing nearly caused me stop reading it. Think twice about how much time you have to invest in reading before you start this book! ...

    Fascinating to listen to. Thomas started her career during WWII, when women were much more rare in journalism and print was king. I got a journalism degree immediately after Watergate-- I watched John Dean's testimony in the Watergate hearings the summer after my freshman year in colle...

    I hate abridgements. I always want to know what I am missing. I probably should have gotten the Kindle format instead (I didn't realize it was an abridgement until after I had already listened to it. I did like the fact the intro was done by Thomas herself. ...

    An excellent look at life in the WH Press Corp from a legend in the business. ...

    Some interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House and the reporting of the news. Somewhat repetitive. Also good information about each President that Ms. Thomas worked with. ...

    Great respect for Helen Thomas, but I found this book far too repetitive. ...

    Helen give great insights into many presidents' relationships with the press over the years. No better time to read this! ...

    #92 of 120 books pledged to read during 2019 ...

    Interested in having a chat with someone who has known and reported on eight US Presidents? That's basically what this book is. A candid, off-the-cuff chat with Helen Thomas about everything from Monica Lewinsky to Watergate to the many charities that have benefited from the First Ladi...

    How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat. The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she w...

    It was an interesting read to find out what the life of a White House reporter is really like. I found the way she broke up the book to be a bit disjointed, but it was still a decent read. There were plenty of insider tidbits about the Presidents she's covered (Kennedy to Clinton - she...

    A fascinating and entertaining account of the American Presidency and the American press corp by senior journalist, Helen Thomas. In this book, Thomas covers 8 presidents from Kennedy to Clinton, charts the role of the press in holding presidents to account, and describes life in the W...

    I put this on my list when Thomas died last month. Interesting read, although it becomes tedious near the end, as she labors to summarize in fairly minute detail each of the presidencies she covered. Better, to my mind, were her personal anecdotes about the very flawed, very real men a...

    Plain, journalistic writing but the insider anecdotes held my interest. This book spans Thomas's early life and career and ends with the Clinton administration. Thomas began covering the White House in the Kennedy years and has a lot to say about the character and politics of all of th...

    Got this as a used book. It was o.k, a little disappointing. The first part jumps around back and forth from president to president, sometimes one paragraph to the next. Toward the end she gets more chronological but then it becomes mostly just history you've read other places. I felt ...

    Helen Thomas?s autobiography is a testament to a life unexamined and a world of inconsequence. Nothing is connected; there is only news. ...

  • Sherry Sharpnack
    Feb 01, 2018

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

  • John Petrocelli
    Nov 25, 2017

    "Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times" by Helen Thomas is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read. Richly insightful, highly informative and at turns revelatory, it is not simply a story of Helen Thomas' life and career in journalism. It is also an ongoing hi...

    I remember Helen Thomas as a journalistic bloodhound, in the front row of White House news conferences. Her book, ?Front Row at the White House,? is basically a loosely-organized series of anecdotes about her 30+ years covering eight presidents from Kennedy to Clinton. This book ha...

    Oh Helen. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself? I want to know what makes you tick. What made you and how you feel. I do not want an endless monologue about the people you met in your career and the awards and accolades you have won. After trudging through the first half of yo...

    There was some interesting material in here but it is presented in a disorganized way. I understand that she had so much history to write about that she was probably overwhelmed by the task. However, an editor should have insisted on helping her present the material in a better way. Ri...

    Review: Helen Thomas provides the reader with a unique glimpse of eight US Presidents ? one that an ordinary citizen is unable to obtain. As the ?antithesis of the usually nameless and faceless wire service reporter.? (p.121), Thomas gives an honest look at the Presidency and the...