Myles Dungan is an Irish historian and broadcaster with no previous convictions. As well as The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels he has published numerous books on Irish and American history (How the Irish Won the West, Irish Voices from the Great War, The Captain and the King, Mr. Parnel's Rottweiler) which are probably of little interest to anyone reading The White House. Of somewhat more relevance here is his authorship of two tomes on golf, A Good Walk Spoiled: A Book of Golf Quotes and Preferred Lies: A Book of Golf Anecdotes. Both are now, mercifully, out of print. The White House is his first conscious and deliberate attempt to be even mildly amusing.