Photographs often serve as the main link between a president and the public. Images burn into our collective memory and become part of history. The companion book to the National Geographic special, THE PRESIDENT’S PHOTOGRAPHER (National Geographic, $35) presents images by the nine men who have captured historic events and private moments in the lives of the presidents from Kennedy (who hired Cecil Stoughton as the first professional White House photographer) through Obama. Complementing images both iconic and intimate, John Bredar has conducted personal interviews with the five living presidential photographers for this stunning, behind-the-scenes peek at the life and work of the presidents.

The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Cover Image
By John Bredar, Pete Souza (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426206764
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Published: National Geographic - November 2nd, 2010

Up Is Up chronicles the scene in downtown Manhattan during the period from 1974 to 1992. Throw your mind back to when it was common to see posters for fundraisers for women’s health clinics. There’s one here! There’s poetry that spans the decades from Patti Smith to Eileen Myles to Lydia Lunch. Stories by Kathy Acker, Sarah Shulman and Lynne Tillman are here too, as is work by writers and artists lost to AIDS like Keith Haring, Miguel Pinero and David Wojanarowicz. There’s an early appearance of Swimming to Cambodia by Spaulding Gray. For those of you who lived there and experienced it, it’s a trip down memory lane. For those who didn’t, it’s a fascinating look the avant-garde art scene of a great city.

Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 Cover Image
By Brandon Stosuy (Editor), Dennis Cooper (Editor), Eileen Myles (Editor)
ISBN: 9780814740118
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Published: New York University Press - October 1st, 2006

If you’re over the Obama hype and dread another piece of memorabilia in your house, I ask you to reconsider: While it’s no knock on our friends at the Washington Post, the New York Times’ book on Barack Obama’s journey to the presidency is great! Its hundreds of color photographs follow his upbringing, his political ascendancy and its culmination in the historic campaign that brought him to the White House. It also includes articles by some of the New York Times’ best writers (including David Brooks, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich) and many of the speeches that Obama made throughout the campaign

The New York Times, Obama: The Historic Journey Cover Image
By Vincent Alabiso (Editor), Nicholas Callaway (Editor), Amy Cloud (Editor)
ISBN: 9781594488931
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Published: Callaway Adult - February 16th, 2009