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

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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

“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.

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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: 9.3 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
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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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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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This book works on two levels: One, it's a lovingly written tribute from one friend to a deceased friend who happened to be a superb photographer. Kitty Kelley writes with genuine love about her friendship with Stanley Tretick, his character and his life, and this book is a fine memorial to his talent. His photographs (in this age of creatively and un-creatively photoshopped images) are doubly refreshing to view.

Two, it's a tribute to JFK's campaign and his presidency, but more importantly to his family life. I don't know about anyone else, but I get sick of reading books about Jackie's money-hungriness, fashion choices and petulant moods, and JFK's womanizing and concealed bad health, even though it's important that we know about these things for a fuller understanding of their characters. But reading a book like "Capturing Camelot" (I hate the title) and seeing these photographs bring home (for me) that JFK wasn't just the President of the United States - he was a loving father, a husband, and an admired uncle - someone who was greatly missed when he was killed, not because he was the President but because he was part of a *family*. As planned as some of the photograph sessions in this book were, the images the sessions produced are still affecting and memorable today.

Seeing these photographs reminded me that the nation didn't just lose its President, but two very young children lost a loving father. I've often thought that Jackie Kennedy made a big error when she attempted to establish JFK as a kind of lost god, and attempted to elevate his Presidency into a never-again-obtainable utopia. She tried to squash JFK the man, in favor of JFK the "Camelot" legend.
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Tetrick and Kelly seemed to be perpetual gossips more focused on making a buck than releasing pieces of quality. Kelly's "Jackie Oh!" was full of gossip by people who mostly had a very distant relationship with the former first lady. I did enjoy the rare glimpse into some correspondence of Jackie's but otherwise I found the book as disappointing as "Jackie Oh!".
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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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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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