Portrait of Camelot A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House

Portrait of Camelot

A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House

By Harvey Sawler and Richard Reeves
Photographer Cecil Stoughton


Price: $31.50

  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • ISBN: 9781613122365
  • Page Count: 352
  • Illustrations: 500 black-and-white and full-color illustrations
  • Rights: World/All

Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s election as president of the United States, this book is a revealing and intimate portrait of a leader, husband, and father as seen through the lens of Cecil Stoughton, the first official White House photographer. Stoughton’s close rapport with the president and first lady gave him extraordinary access to the Oval Office, the Kennedys’ private quarters and homes, to state dinners, cabinet meetings, diplomatic trips, and family holidays.

Drawing on Stoughton’s unparalleled body of photographs, most rarely or never before reproduced, and supported by a deeply thoughtful narrative by political historian Richard Reeves, Portrait of Camelot is an unprecedented portrayal of the power, politics, and warmly personal aspects of Camelot’s 1,036 days.

Praise for Portrait of Camelot:

"Like the TV series Mad Men, this book is also a remarkable period piece . . . informative and beautiful." --Publishers Weekly

"This informative and beautiful book, which shouldn't stay on the coffee table, includes a DVD with film footage of the Kennedy family on vacation."
--Publishers Weekly

"If you care about Camelot, this is a book you won't want to miss, a perfect commemoration of a presidency that happened what seems like a very long time ago."


About the authors

Richard Reeves has received dozens of awards for his work in print, television, and film. He is Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Cecil Stoughton studied with Alfred Eisenstadt and Margaret Bourke-White in the U.S. Army photographer training program and then joined the Army’s Public Information Office.


Harvey Sawler is a Canadian author who interviewed Cecil Stoughton extensively before the photographer’s death in 2008.