Welcome to the Online Book Club discussion of The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood. Each week this month, I will post a new blog entry which details more information about the book and movie. Hopefully, these blog posts will spark a discussion which can take place in the comments section below.
The Butler, in case you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, tells about the life of Eugene Allen, a man who worked as a butler in the White House for thirty-four years. Allen worked with eight different presidents, so he was able to see many different aspects of American history firsthand. He was in the White House when Kennedy was shot, he served through the Vietnam conflict, and he saw firsthand how Reagan dealt with apartheid in South Africa.
If you’re interested in following along with us this month, you can check out a copy of the book at your local library, or you can download it through our ebook service, OverDrive. If you want to follow along but don’t want to read the book, feel free to watch the movie instead. You can check out the DVD at your local library, or you can download the movie on our streaming video service, Hoopla.
I hope to hear from you in the comments section! Here’s the movie trailer to entice you to read or watch along with us this month: