The Kennedy White House: Family Life and Pictures, 1961-1963

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Packed with never-before-seen photographs, The Kennedy White House reveals the world's most famous family, unstaged and as they were, both behind White House doors and in their private homes in Virginia, Palm Beach, Newport, and Hyannis Port. Carl Sferrazza Anthony's fascinating narrative brings new insight to the Kennedy story, in the first book to place the family within the context of 1960s culture and view historical events uniquely from the personal perspective of their family life. A candid and compelling ...
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Overview

Packed with never-before-seen photographs, The Kennedy White House reveals the world's most famous family, unstaged and as they were, both behind White House doors and in their private homes in Virginia, Palm Beach, Newport, and Hyannis Port. Carl Sferrazza Anthony's fascinating narrative brings new insight to the Kennedy story, in the first book to place the family within the context of 1960s culture and view historical events uniquely from the personal perspective of their family life. A candid and compelling tour, The Kennedy White House "takes you inside the world's most famous goldfish bowl for a glimpse at life in the White House as you've never seen it before" (Julie N. Eisenhower).
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Take a nostalgic journey back to Camelot, via Carl Sferrazza Anthony's poignant look back at White House family life during the tragically curtailed years of the Kennedy administration. The 337 color and black-and-white photos, painstakingly culled from the Kennedy Library archives, include such treasures as: Jackie helping John-John out of the South Lawn fountain, the family relaxing at Camp David, Jackie on horseback, and John Jr. sitting behind the controls of Marine One. For those who can't get enough of the Kennedy mythos, this is a bounty of riches.
From the Publisher
Helen Thomas Author of Front Row at the White House and Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President Carl Sferrazza Anthony has done it again; The Kennedy White House is a lasting treasure. The book reminds us all of the inspiration and hope that prevailed in the Kennedy era.

James MacGregor Burns Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom and coauthor of Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation A double treat — a remarkably informative text closely tied to a rich feast of photographs.

Publishers Weekly
First Lady buff Carl Sferrazza Anthony (Florence Harding; America's Most Influential First Ladies; etc.) turns his attention to the Kennedy family in its entirety in The Kennedy White House: Family Life & Pictures, 1961-1963. With more than 300 black-and-white and color photographs most from the Kennedy Library's archives and previously unpublished visual representation is this volume's raison d'?tre. But Anthony offers a domestically detailed and staunchly apolitical history (the Bay of Pigs and JFK's taste in hats earn an equal number of pages) that Kennedy fans will relish as yet another window onto Camelot. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Anthony, an established authority on First Ladies and White House history (First Ladies: The Saga of the President's Wives and Their Power), offers a behind-the-scenes look at the family life of the postwar era's most popular presidency, exploring the personal tastes, family activities, and complex relationships among the widely extended families of both the President and the First Lady. In a sensitive yet revealing narrative, he describes parenting styles, family vacations and celebrations, and the impact of personal and family tragedies, including the President's father's stroke and the death of new-born son Patrick. Perhaps the 6more than 300 photographs (many previously unpublished) showing the Kennedys in everyday activities with their children, other family members, and friends. These informal, intimate photos by the primary White House photographers show the First Family at their most relaxed and spontaneous. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The domestic side of Camelot in words and pictures-familiar fare-from presidential historian Anthony (Florence Harding, 1998, etc.). No presidency has received greater scrutiny than Kennedy's, and here, Anthony continues the tradition, this time with special emphasis on family life. Beginning with Kennedy's inauguration and moving in rough chronological order through his abbreviated regime, Anthony regales with vignettes aimed at situating the First Family in the culture of the time and illuminating their individual personalities. He takes particular care to evoke the atmosphere of the early '60s and to examine the Kennedys' significance as the original celebrity First Couple of the Media Age. While not ignoring the reputed darker side of the administration, the author still treats his subjects with a notable degree of sympathy. He highlights not only the president's charm but also his problematic relationship with his father. But his particular sympathy is reserved for Jackie, who not only had to deal with a faithless husband but with her own idealized public image as well. (Her attempts to protect the privacy of her children while the White House used the image of the young family as a political asset is well documented here.) As with any narrative of the domestic life of a family, the blow-by-blow accounts of particular events can make for pretty dull reading. The descriptions of the weather on inauguration day, Jackie's decorating choices, and the First Families' collective impact on fashion are likely to hold the attention of only the most star-struck of Kennedy admirers. It's been well-trod ground for the past 40 years, and this work will add little to the copious literaturealready out there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743214735
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/8/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, the author of four previous books including America's First Families, has written frequently for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Details. The nation's leading authority on the political power and social influence of First Ladies, he served as one of Nancy Reagan's speechwriters.

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