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L. Boyd Finch Author- LEGACIES OF CAMELOT: STEWART AND LEE UDALL, AMERICAN CULTURE, AND THE ARTS

       LEGACIES OF CAMELOT: STEWART AND LEE UDALL, AMERICAN CULTURE, AND THE ARTS

      by L. Boyd Finch         University of Oklahoma Press 

      “Finch, an aide of Interior secretary Udall during the Kennedy and Johnson adminstrations, has written an elegant insider’s portrait of a small-town Arizona couple and their transformative impact on art and culture in national life.  Drawing on exhaustive research in the Udall papers at the University of Arizona and his own vivid recollections, Finch paints memorable portraits of John and Jackie Kennedy, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and other figures drawn into the Udalls’ intimate Washington circle.  He also traces the trajectory of Stewart Udall’s evolving views on history and on the environment, and highlights Lee Udall’s underappreciated role in preserving and promoting Native American folk art.  This important and compulsively readable book explains how the Udalls drew on their southwestern backgrounds to shape the core of what we now nostalgically refer to as “Camelot.”  Scholars and general audiences alike will find it a pleasurable and rewwarding read.”- Bruce Binges

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