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The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot
America's endless fascination with Camelot has enshrined countess pictures of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John-John in our national iconography, but few books have focused on their instinctive grasp of the media's visual magic. Now, in a volume that combines arresting photography and perceptive analysis, Camelot insiders and media experts tell the whole story of ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by National Geographic
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Fascinating stuff--not so much a straight history of the Kennedys, but essays on the manipulation of their public image. It's all been said before, just go to the Kennedy Library, but I hadn't realized how much of a hand they had in their image-making or how intertwined their lives were with some very interesting image-producers. Narcissism abounds, but it is an intriguing portrait.
Hopelessly spellbound by the Kennedy presidency and all it represented? Guilty as charged. Text accompanies pictures in this over-sized book. It demonstrates the raw power of photographs to capture and communicate the history of those times. Not a book you need read cover to cover to appreciate.