Reviews of Tales from the National Press Club
Edwin S. Grosvenor, Editor-in-Chief, American Heritage Magazine, 6/4/20
Lafayette Square has been “Ground Zero” for an amazing series of important events in American history over two centuries. Gil Klein has done a marvelous job uncovering and telling one fascinating story after another from the beginnings of our nation to Civil War, murders, Suffragettes and antiwar protests.
Aram Bakshian Jr., The Washington Times, 5/4/20, Book Review
Gil Klein, a past president of the NPC and a distinguished Washington journalist of long standing, has done an excellent job of collecting a representative — and highly amusing — collection of historic, dramatic and occasionally farcical episodes from the club’s rich history.
Reviews of Trouble in Lafayette Square
From the Forward by John Kelly, Washington Post Metro Columnist
Rather, Gil Klein strolls around Lafayette Park like a neighborhood busybody looking for gossip. “Neighborhood” might not be a word you typically associate with the Executive Mansion and its environs, but don’t forget: the White House is a home. And every home has neighbors. Some are sober and quiet, the kind you can borrow a cup of sugar from. Others throw drunken parties, sleep with married women and challenge people to duels. I know whom I would rather read about.
Review by Ray Locker, Washington Enterprise Editor, USA Today
Gil Klein gives life and perspective to a place I walk through virtually every day, explaining the meanings behind the statues in and the buildings that surround Washington’s Lafayette Park. It’s an essential read for anyone who cares about American history and our nation’s capital
Aram Bakshian Jr., The Washington Times, 12/27/18, Book Review
But you don’t need personal links to find the intertwining tales told by Gil Klein both captivating and informative. Excellent illustrations — and an extensive bibliography for more detailed follow-up reading — round out a good little book on a very big subject.