About the book: (from the publisher) Quietly situated on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in our nation’s capital lies Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Built in 1893, the handsome and stately Queen Anne-style home is surrounded by a forest-like setting, complete with lush greenery, wildlife, and the serene sounds of nature, yet sits just footsteps away from the bustling traffic on Massachusetts Avenue.
From never-before-seen photos to candid conversations with former vice-presidents, family members, political power players of their time, and others – Charles Denyer brings to life untold stories and memorable moments of the three-story, green-shuttered mansion covered in layers of off-white paint, and the people who were privileged to call it home.
About the author: Charles Denyer is a federal cybersecurity and national security expert, and a noted vice-presidential historian. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a Master of Information Systems from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, three children, and their happy crew of dogs.
Professionally, Charles specializes in a wide variety of security and compliance initiatives, such as FISMA, DFARS, 10 CFR Part 810 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) compliance, FIPS, FERC, NERC, U.S. National Security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), CMSR | SSP, GLBA, FFIEC, NIST SP 800, HIPAA, ISO 27000 series, payments industry, and more.
He is also actively involved in numerous professional associations and organizations for a wide range of industries and business sectors, such as the American Nuclear Society (ANS), ISACA, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), just to name a few. Expertise includes information security, cyber security, national security and homeland defense, and conducts independent research projects on specific subject matter for various entities.
Learn more: www.oneobservatorycircle.com
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My take: If you’ve read this far then you already know that Number One Observatory Circle is the official residence of the Vice President of the United States. If you’re like me, that information comes as new knowledge. For my part, I say that with some chagrin, given that not only did I spend my teen years in the D.C. area, but as the daughter of a naval officer, it seems I should at least have been aware that our #2 in command lives on prime naval property.
So I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn something I did not know about an area I thought I knew pretty well. This big, beautiful book brings together two of the main reasons I love to read: education and enjoyment. With just the right non-partisan touch, the author takes an interested look into the lives of all the veeps and their families who have called Number One Observatory Circle home. It makes for a unique historical overview of the last half-century or so. Fans of both history and architecture will appreciate the author’s coverage of the unique aspects of this previously rather un-celebrated property.
It’s a well written book, entertaining but not frivolous. With its gorgeous photography, Number One Observatory Circle would make an appealing addition to the coffee table of many a U.S. history buff or military vet.
Thanks to the author for providing me this book free of charge. All opinions are mine.
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After words: What book have you read lately that introduced you to new information?