Customer Reviews: Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys
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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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on February 20, 2013
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. (And really, the only mistake this book makes is to refer yet one more time to the Kennedy presidency as "Camelot" which always makes me want to vomit. But that's a personal quibble.)

In short, I enjoyed seeing these (for me) unexplored images of JFK's role as a father, and reading Ms. Kelley's tribute to Stanley Tretick's lasting talent and their friendship.
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on September 5, 2013
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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on February 13, 2014
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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on January 31, 2013
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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on December 8, 2013
This book is sheer pleasure and if you love and admire President Kennedy you will want this book. Stanley Tretick took the pictures that appeared on the Look cover on sale the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I was in the drug store that Friday evening and saw it…but as a child I did not realize it would sell out and when I came back that Sunday it was gone. The stories told are about the campaign, election, presidency, assassination, the life of his family after his assassination. Very touching and definitely worth keeping!
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on December 1, 2014
Love this book, highly recommend it.
All generations would like this book but I especially like it because I was in the Kennedy era. I saw President Kennedy in downtown Pittsburgh riding in the car for a parade, never forgot it
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on August 20, 2013
This is a good book to read and then have it on your coffee table. It is a nice book for someone to pick up and look through it. It captures some of the stories we had heard about and some we had not. I love this book and my interest in the Kennedy family. I especially love the cover.
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on March 31, 2013
This book is a treasure, even 50 years later. Stanley Tretick was one of the premier photo-journalists of his day, and it is a pleasure to have this collection of his best photos of JFK and his family. Good quality book and reasonably priced. This Kennedy-phile would have preferred a larger (dimensions) edition, but this will do quite nicely and is well worth having. Kitty Kelly, not my favorite writer, adds some narrative and insight here and there, especially about Mr. Tretick, but the book could stand alone on its photographic content if needed. Brought back wonderful memories!
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