Portrait of Camelot


In January 1961, John F. Kennedy, his administration, and his charming young family moved into the White House. Cecil W. Stoughton, the first official White House photographer, went with them . . . everywhere.

Stoughton had a close rapport with the President and First Lady from the start and, as a result, he had extraordinary access to the important events and intimate moments of the 35th presidency. His photographs capture the confident command of Kennedy addressing the U.N. General Assembly and JFK’s carefree play with his children in the Oval Office. They show the President in earnest discussion with his Joint Chiefs of Staff and clearly curious about John Glenn’s space capsule at NASA. First Lady Jackie Kennedy is pictured presiding over elegant formal state dinners and running her children’s lively birthday parties. There are images of the presidential couple welcoming heads of state to the White House and hanging Christmas stockings at home in Palm Beach.

John F. Kennedy: Portrait of Camelot is the first and only work to delve fully into Stoughton’s vast archive of the Kennedy presidency, most of which has never before been reproduced. Conceived by Harvey after encountering Stoughton during the research phase of his novel, Saving Mrs. Kennedy, the book features a deeply thoughtful narrative by leading U.S. political historian Richard Reeves, with Harvey providing insights from Stoughton as the result of extensive interviews conducted in 2006. Portrait of Camelot also includes an exclusive DVD of Stoughton’s films of the Kennedy family sailing, horseback riding, and relaxing at home in Hyannisport.

Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s election as President of the United States, this outstanding collection is an unprecedented portrayal of the power, politics, and warmly personal aspects of Camelot’s 1,065 days.