The President's Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy

The President's Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy

Barry Landau

3.11.2008

Barry Landau

Barry Landau, one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia, is the author of, "The President’s Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy," a sweeping visual history of the American Presidency, as seen through presidential entertaining from George Washington to George W. Bush. Accompanied by illustrations and rare artifacts, Landau creates a narrative of American history from the early days of provincial entertaining in the capital, through the golden era of state banquets, to the modern White House dinners of today. During his career, Landau has worked in every White House since Lyndon Johnson planning historic events and is a frequent network commentator on matters relating to the presidency and White House protocol.

Barry Landau, one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia, discusses his new book, "The President’s Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy," a sweeping visual history of the American Presidency, as seen through presidential entertaining from George Washington to George W. Bush. Landau gives his personal anecdotes and opinions about Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Bush, Reagan, Clinton and more. Landau says he wants his collection to serve as a learning tool and to tell a story about presidential history. An avid collector, Landau recalls his collection of quirky things like menus, wedding invitations, and tickets rather than financially valuable presidential items. In the question and answer sassion, Landau discusses where his collection should be kept and how he measures the value of his memorabilia.