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review 2014-04-18 04:11
Presidents and Photographers
Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House - Dennis Brack

I won this book as part of a Booklikes giveaway. I gave the book a 3 1/2 star rating.

Since I love history, politics and photography, I was eager to read this book.  It is a beautifully made hardback. I enjoyed the stories about the presidents and their relationships with photographers. Every president from Woodrow Wilson to the present president has had to deal with photographers. Some presidents had a close relationship with these photojournalists, while others did not. Surprising to me, Harry Truman bonded with the still photographers and he gave them free access to the White House. It hasn't been the same friendly relationship since that time, including the present President.

The second section discussed some famous photographers, including Diana Walker, one of the few women photographers. The last section shows the changes and improvements the camera has made over the years.

The book was readable and many of the pictures were fascinating. I enjoyed the back stories of famous photographs and some of the jokes and tricks played by the different photographers. However, there could have been better editing. Pronouns were not used appropriately. For instance, it sounded like Rosalynn Carter covered the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale in 1984. However, I think the author meant Diana Walker, a photographer. There were typos in several places. There were some poorly printed pages, at least in my copy, which detracted from the overall quality of the book.

However, I do recommend reading this book, especially if you want to get a different portrait of our presidents.

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review 2014-02-20 00:00
Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House
Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House - Dennis Brack Dennis Brack is a White House photographer and a member of the White House ISP pool which travels with the President in Washington. He is a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. The Dennis Brack Photographic Archive spans the last five decades and includes more than 150,000 slides of U.S. presidents, world leaders, wars (notably the first Gulf War), military personnel, and key moments of the civil rights movement and the riots it sparked. Brack also covered Watergate for TIME in 1974. He has covered ten presidential administrations, from JFK to Obama. Brack's photos have appeared in TIME, NEWSWEEK, and LIFE, where Brack averaged a picture a week for twenty-three years.

Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House delivers a wonderful collection of historical photos from an assortment of White House photographers that includes everyone from Woodrow Wilson to the present. And of course, each picture has a story and Brack does an excellent job telling each of these stories behind the pictures, the presidents, and the photographers themselves.If you love history and photography, don't miss this one.

*Received this book free from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2014-02-01 18:06
Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House - Dennis Brack

I received this book for free through BookLikes giveaways. 

This book takes you behind the scenes of famous and iconic presidential photos. It is filled with stories about photographers and the men they captured on film. I liked this book. It was interesting to see a different side of our presidents. I only wished there were a little more photos and that they were bigger. Aside from that, it's a great read.

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text 2014-01-21 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 121 out of 245 pages.
Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House - Dennis Brack
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review 2012-05-09 19:17
Das grosse Wilhelm Busch Album in Farbe: Die beliebtesten Geschichten mit über 1000 Abbildungen
Das grosse Wilhelm Busch Album in Farbe: Die beliebtesten Geschichten mit über 1000 Abbildungen - Wilhelm Busch Als Kind habe ich die Geschichten um Max und Moritz geliebt und immer wieder gelesen. Für mich handelt es sich um einen fantastischen Kinderbuchklassiker, der in jede private Bibliothek gehört.
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