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The Kennedy Family Album: Personal Photos of America's First Family First Family Hardcover – August 25, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560259237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda Corley is a producer / reporter for WPBT in Miami, and has produced programs for PBS for the last 20 years. She is the recipient of many top broadcast awards, including six Emmy awards for excellence in the areas of writing and producing. Corley lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Bob Davidoff was a Palm Beach society photographer who was first befriended by Rose Kennedy in 1959, which earned him entrée into the private world of the Kennedys in the decades that followed. He died in 2004.

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What a gorgeous book with rich and colorful, wonderful photos.
SGB1963
If you buy this book and let it linger in your lap and heart every day of your life, you will get lots of hugs, from the Kennedys, and, yes, from the Davidoff family.
Thomas C. Clarie
While some will label this a "coffee table book," it is that -- and so much more.
Cecilia A. Cooper

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia A. Cooper on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bob Davidoff's memorable photographs gain added power from the stories behind them, masterfully told by Linda Corley. His images are moving and memorable. Many will bring a smile to your face; others will leave a lump in your throat. It's no wonder so many of the photos are treasured by family members.

Because of Rose Kennedy's trust in Davidoff, he had unprecedented access to her and her entire family. The result, through words and pictures, is a journey through history. You'll see four generations of America's First Family at work and at play.

A beautiful volume, it includes some of the best shots I've ever seen of Jackie Kennedy, one of the most photographed public figures of the past half century.

This vast, long-stored-away collection of photographs is so personal you'll feel like you're prying into their "family album." While some will label this a "coffee table book," it is that -- and so much more. The Kennedy Family Album is one I surely will order for my family and close friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SGB1963 on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a History and Art Book Lover, as well as someone who really appreciates biographies. What a gorgeous book with rich and colorful, wonderful photos. I really enjoyed seeing these pictures and reading the stories and anecdotes that describe them. I've never seen a lot of these photos and some are very poignant shots, like the last photo taken of JFK before he left Palm Beach to head off to Dallas. It really gives a new perspective on the Kennedy Family, during the Camelot years, while they spent time in Palm Beach. I definitely recommend this book for your personal library and it also is a wonderful gift book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Bailey on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An incredibly heartwarming look at America's first family. This book takes you back to a time when the hopes and dreams of a nation rested firmly on the shoulders of the Kennedy's. In a touching way, you see the "real side" of the family via photos that are eerily similar to those in my own family photo album. The author does a terrific job bringing all the photos to life, and wonderfully narrates you through all the life events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Clarie on March 22, 2009
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Now,wouldn't you have expected this photo collection to be a huge, heavy coffee table book -- but it is not. Instead, famous photographer Bob Davidoff's widow, Babe Davidoff, and her family have created an intimate but powerful 9-inch by 10-inch book that is a delight to both one's lap and one's eyes. There are 200 photos, 40 of them in full-page color, but it is the black and white ones that haunt me. Photographer Davidoff's Kennedy shots are exhilarating and historic. They immediately get under your skin. And why are you suddenly crying? What was it about Davidoff that made the Kennedys look like a touching, regular American family? What also makes this book not a table-breaking coffee table work is the beautiful text by award-winning Linda Corley. There are 40 pages of her work here, delicately interspersed with the photos. The interweaving is done so softly that the writing itself seems like a transparency floating above the pictures. Or are the levitating words just the spirits of the Kennedy boys? Would that Corley had written another 150 pages, but then, where would one put Davidoff's heartwarming and heartwrenching photos? The interior design work by Lorie Pagnozzi is among the best I have ever seen in a photography book. And what are my two favorite photos among this feast? Of course they are in black and white and are smallish, sitting on back-to-back pages, one showing Ted Kennedy getting ready for a bike ride with his son, the other portraying Sarge Shriver hugging his son. I could use a hug like that every day. If you buy this book and let it linger in your lap and heart every day of your life, you will get lots of hugs, from the Kennedys, and, yes, from the Davidoff family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This seller delivered before expected and the books were new just like the description said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Hickey on November 7, 2008
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I think the Kennedy family even today has a certain mystique about them. Through tragedy and triumph they are still America's first family. Many books over the years have been written about them but none has captured the family in such a new and refreshing light. I opened this book one night and read it cover to cover without stopping. The combination of intimate photographs and superbly written stories behind them make this a must read book for anyone!
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