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Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys Hardcover – November 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031264342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312643423
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Capturing Camelot:

Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys breathes life into this compilation of more than 200 photos, many never before seen until now… Kelley’s moving narrative, along with the sizable, glossy photographs will surely delight any Camelot aficionado!” –Portland Book Review

“A labor-of-love collection of work by the photographer she praises as 'my best friend…a pal without parallel.' … a tribute to a photographer, a president and a time when the former functioned as the world’s eyes into the latter. A pleasant mixture of iconic and surprising shots—a photo book that is ultimately as much about the photographer, and the access he gained, as it is about its subject.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Tretick's achievement is the masterful construction of legend through careful framing and omission--and teamwork with his subjects. Indeed JFK choreographed much of this work himself…. The opposite of Goldin and Avedon's warts-and-all images, Tretick's work is a noteworthy example of unapologetically romantic American portraiture.” –Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Stanley Tretick:

"President Kennedy's photographic Boswell." —Look Magazine

Praise for the work of Kitty Kelley:

"Kelley has relentlessly probed the intersections between fame, wealth, and influence, raising hackles every time." —New York Times Book Review
 
"If I had to choose between Kitty Kelley's version . . . and, say, Tom Brokaw's, I'd put more trust in the little blonde lady to tell me the truth without fear or favor." —Village Voice

“The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time.”—William Safire on His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra

"An extraordinary read . . . great history and a great story told.”  —Lou Dobbs on The Family:  The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

 

 

About the Author

KITTY KELLEY is an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last fifty years. Kelley’s last five books have all been number one on The New York Times bestseller list, including her latest, Oprah: A Biography.


More About the Author

Among the awards that Kitty Kelley has been honored with by her professional peers are the Outstanding Author Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her "courageous writing on popular culture," the Philip M. Stern Award for her "outstanding service to writers and the writing profession," the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club in New York City, and the 2005 PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award. She has also been selected as a member of Vanity Fair magazine's Hall of Fame. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

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It's a great coffee table book for someone who loves the Kennedy family.
Melissa Foltz
A tribute of her best friend Stanley Tretick and of our 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
Pilar Arsenec
The backqround story of all of these famous photos is interesting and well told.
susan callahan

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a Baby-boomer, graduating high school in 1968, I have followed the Kennedy family in this historical era as I collected several books and photos for many years, from office to tragedy. "Capturing Camelot" has become one of my favorite. It is known that professional photographers have used their expertise to create pictures that speak for themselves, telling their own story as they come to life, while portraying some of the most influential and powerful personalities throughout the world. The Amazing photos included in this book are no exception as flashbacks of the trials-and-tribulations of an uneasy era return. Bestselling author, Kitty Kelley chronicles intriguing essays about the relationship between JFK and photojournalist Stanley Tretick, how they first met, the years spent together and much more. Stanley became a respected friend of JFK, following the Kennedy family through the campaign, and after Kennedy took office. As their friendship became close and trustworthy and highly regarded by several, Stanley was given extensive access to The White House, covering the Kennedy family, helping to define 'The American Family of the 60's.' The photos taken became successful as they contributed to JFK's popularity. These incredible photos became the most memorable and unforgettable images of 'America's Camelot' as they bring life to that historical era. Both the essays and the photos are heartfelt as they define moments in history that could never be forgotten, and some treasured for a lifetime. Powerfully moving, interesting, educational, and enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2013
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Words fail in approaching this book for those of us who lived through the Kennedy years. Those years were as close as this nation has ever come to having dignity in the Washington scene that held the aura of a monarchy. That is not to say that JFK and his legacy were `supreme rulers', but instead that there was a glow about the life of the Kennedys made more poignant by the disruption of those lives with assassination, fatal plane crashes and death by cancer.

Fortunately those moments in Camelot were captured by photojournalist Stanley Tretick and this fine book shares not only the dignity of the Kennedy years but the warmth of the large family that drew a country together in a way few other presidents have been able to achieve.

The images here are often snapshots instead of formal portraiture and that is another aspect that makes the collection so gentle. These were years of change and of growth and of significant moments. Tretick captured it all. It was his job, but it was an act of love - and that shows very well. This is an album to collect, a trove of memories that are irreplaceable. Grady Harp, February 13
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jana on November 26, 2012
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I looked over this book just a bit...it is a present for my daughter. I saw a lot of pictures throughout the book which is nice. I am sure she will love the book as she admired JFK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Smith on June 12, 2013
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Purchased this book for my mother who loooooooved the Camelot era. She enjoys this book as a coffee table conversation piece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lobel on January 31, 2013
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This is more than just a collection of previously unseen photos of the Kennedy family by Stan Tretick, who became a close friend of the family. It is a love story of Tretick and the Kennedys beautifully photographed and produced and described by best selling author, Kitty Kelley, who, in turn, was best friends with Tretick. It is a must for those who want to see the Kennedys in their unguarded intimate moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi on February 13, 2014
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Good packaging.. A little rough, but hey it's been around for a while. My students are loving it. I spent threes hours looking at it. So glad I found it on your site.. Will look for more goodies on here as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on December 14, 2013
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This is an easy to view book with just enough in words to make the photos fun and informative. A great book to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine F. on December 28, 2013
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I bought this book for my SIL, who is a huge Kennedy fan... She LOVED it! Great coffee table book. Great pics.
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