Capturing Camelot by Kitty Kelley

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031264342X
ISBN-13: 978-0312643423
Price: $29.99
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A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical time.

A consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the candidate and took many of JFK’s best pictures during this time. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, and the picture magazine Look hired him to cover the president and his family. Tretick is best known today for the photographs he took of President Kennedy relaxing with his children. His photographs helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity.

Accompanied by an insightful, heartwarming essay from Kitty Kelley—Tretick’s close friend—about the relationship between the photographer and JFK, Capturing Camelot includes some of the most memorable images of America’s Camelot and brings to life the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.


I had the pleasure of meeting Kitty Kelley at the BEA Blogger’s Conference in June. She was one of the authors who sat at my table to discuss her new book Capturing Camelot. When she started to describe her book, I was taken in by her gift of storytelling. I became intrigued by Capturing Camelot.

When St. Martin’s Press reached out to me to review Capturing Camelot, I was beyond thrilled. I couldn’t wait for the book to come in the mail.

I rarely say this in my reviews, but this book is beautiful. I absolutely loved it. Kitty Kelley does a extraordinary job of drawing you in, much like she does in person. You are taken back in time where you imagine what life was like for John F. Kennedy and his family.

The photojournalist, Stanley Tretick (who was Kitty Kelley’s best friend), took exquisite photographs of the Kennedy’s. He was an incredibly talented photographer. He captured amazing moments with photos as Kitty Kelley does with words.

I would define Capturing Camelot as a tribute of sorts. A tribute of her best friend Stanley Tretick and of our 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

Capturing Camelot is a “keepsake” of never-before-seen photos and a poignant story. I highly recommend this book.

In conclusion, I want to thank Kitty Kelley and St. Martin’s Press for sending me a complimentary copy and allowing me the privilege of reviewing such a beautiful book.

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.