Special Limited Edition of 100 Extraordinary Circumstances
Extraordinary Circumstances

"I assume the presidency under extraordinary circumstances."

—President Gerald R. Ford, August 9, 1974


Limited edition of 100 includes:

Extraordinary Circumstances Limited Edition
  • Original 10” x 12” fiber print of cover photo from the original negative, numbered and signed by Kennerly
  • A special numbered copy of Extraordinary Circumstances in its own fabric “clamshell” cover
  • 10.5 x 13.5 in., 224 pp., 125 tritone photos, printed in Italy

About Extraordinary Circumstances

David Hume Kennerly with President FordExtraordinary Circumstances is a stunning collection of behind-closed-doors images by President Ford's personal photographer, David Hume Kennerly. Seen here are intimate scenes of the inner workings of the White House; Ford's family and much-beloved wife Betty; and many of the twentieth-century's most compelling and elusive figures, including Queen Elizabeth II, Leonid Brezhnev, Emperor Hirohito, Deng Xioping, Anwar Sadat, Yitzhak Rabin, Richard Nixon, Andy Warhol, and George Harrison.

The book follows Gerald Ford from the day President Nixon appointed him as vice president through the tumultuous early crises of his presidency, including his controversial pardon of Nixon, the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, and his wife Betty's breast cancer, to the end of his presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter.

Adding depth and perspective to the photos are excerpts from exclusive interviews with President Ford, President Jimmy Carter, President George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney, Alan Greenspan, and other prominent members of the Ford administration.

Extraordinary Circumstances is sponsored and published by the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, the home of the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive. It features an introduction by NBC's Tom Brokaw and an overview of Ford's life by famed historian Richard Norton Smith.

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