Synopses & Reviews
In 1961 President John F. Kennedy's friend and military aide, General Chester V. (Ted) Clifton, assigned Captain Cecil Stoughton of the Army Signal Corps to the full-time job of keeping a photographic record of President Kennedy's days in the White House. Captain Stoughton had extraordinary opportunities to photograph JFK as president, as father, as husband, in moments of crisis and tension, of joy and relaxation, of stern responsibility--and of love. Hugh Sidey, the correspondent, himself a friend and close observer of the Kennedys, writes: "It remains a curiosity of these times how many people were touched in a special way by John F. Kennedy. The young people reserve a special joy for him, something they salvaged in a way we barely understand when they were seared by his death while they were still younger. Those of us who lived in the Kennedy years find the memories come back stronger than ever with even the slightest encouragement. The unusual human dimensions of the man propelled him through politics and gave his presidency its flavor and lasting meaning." This book is not a deliberate assessment of his stewardship. It is a collection of memories, a compendium of emotion captured on film in Kennedy's thousand days.
'This book is not a deliberate assessment of his stewardship. It is a collection of memories, a compendium of emotion captures on film in Kennedy's thousand days.'
"Without sentimentality, without idolatry, but with a beautiful presentation of what life was like." --
About the Author
Chester V. Clifton was the senior military aide to both presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Cecil Stoughton was a photographer. He served as John F. Kennedy's photographer during the White House years, and took the iconic photograph of Lyndon Johnson's swearing in aboard Air Force One.Hugh Sidey was a journalist who covered several presidents, from Eisenhower to Clinton, for Time and Life.