I collect Kennedy books. Hardback ones. Countless biographies have been written on one of the most glamourous couples that not only inhabited the white house, but that ever lived. Collections are more than simply a prep pastime (and it’s never too late to start)—it makes life a little easier around holidays and birthdays. It’s my own idiosyncratic public service to my family and friends. Hard up for my birthday present? Kennedy book. Used is even better. Teeming with photographs is best.
Filled with public and private photos of their years in office, The Kennedys (courtesy of Assouline) features the privileged photographs of Jacques Lowe and is housed in a Warhol-esque pop art slipcase. The two volume set devotes a book to each iconic figure America insisted on turning into legends. As a young photographer, Lowe was invited into the Kennedy’s inner circle. He effectively captured the tough primary battles, the nomination at the Democratic National Convention, the triumphant national campaign, first months in the White House and of course, the never-before-seen private moments in between.