The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple
April 11, 2017
It's not an easy job, and many seemingly qualified people have had lackluster presidencies. Chris Whipple, journalist, makes a case that many presidencies fail because of a lack of organization within the White House itself. He posits that the Chief of Staff is perhaps the most singular and important role any president can fill once elected, because this little-understood position often pulls all the strings behind the scenes. They manage the president's schedule and staff--often acting as a gatekeeper so that the president can maintain focus among the constant noise and needs surrounding the Oval Office.
I greatly enjoyed reading this. The Gatekeepers is both a quick read and an engaging one. Whipple has an eye for detail and maintains expert control of his narrative. There's a natural flow from one administration to the next that only a gifted storyteller can achieve.