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The Butler: A Witness to History

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2013

Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes


The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.

Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made.

With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.


  • Gary B.

    Self aggrandizing book

  • Briahna Taylor

    The latter half of the book seems disconnected from the first part; I was also sad to learn that many of the facts from the books were twisted for Hollywood drama to make the movie

  • Adam Grossman

    This book was extremely disappointing. Started out interesting and then went nowhere. I would definitely avoid it especially as there is a whole section that is a filler at the end that has no relevance

Butler: A Witness to History

by Wil Haygood

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