Mona Lisa in Camelot
How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation
By Margaret Leslie Davis
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780738211039, 272pp.)
Publication Date: November 2008
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The fascinating, untold story of an 88-day visit that forever changed America, and the unofficial ambassador behind it.
Margaret Leslie Davis is the author of six books, including The Culture Broker: Franklin Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles and Rivers in the Desert, which Newsweek called a fascinating history,” soon to be a major motion picture. She lives in Los Angeles.
“Jackie lovers will be thrilled.”
The Women on the Web, September 2008
“Margaret Davis is known for her fascinating histories and this is a recent one with a gloss, chock-full of glamour, big rich names, super philanthropy, a dedicated woman who was willing to trade her charm for a few Cézannes in the White House and the most famous painting in the world for the National Gallery…An engaging and dynamite story that I had never known and, of course, I thought I knew everything. This is a really important little addition to American museum and art history.”
“Offers an intriguing sketch of Jackie - a woman as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa herself.”
Bookpage, October 2008
“Well written, extensively researched and meticulously rendered—a masterpiece in its own right.”
ABA newsletter, Shelf Awareness, Columbus Post-Dispatch, November 2008
“[An] indie favorite.”
USA Today, 12/11/08
“Davis tells the tale in charming fashion.”
New York Observer, 12/19/08
"Ms Davis' description...makes you dizzy with nostalgia...I would call Mona Lisa in Camelot escapist nonfiction--except that it's firmly grounded in historical fact, and its triumphant heroine, though she's the stuff of fantasy, is as real as you and me."