Margaret Leslie Davis

MONA LISA IN CAMELOT: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci’s Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation (Da Capo and White House Historical Association) 

THE LOST GUTENBERG: The Astounding Story of One Book’s Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey (forthcoming from Tarcher-Perigee)

Margaret Leslie Davis is the author of three acclaimed biographies of important American empire builders: Golden Spur Award-winner Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles (HarperCollins), Los Angeles Times bestseller Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward Doheny (University of California Press), and The Culture Broker: Franklin Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles (University of California Press).

Mona Lisa in Camelot: Jacqueline Kennedy and the True Story of the Painting's High-Stakes Journey to AmericaHer book MONA LISA IN CAMELOT chronicles the Mona Lisa’s voyage to America in 1963 and the critical role Jackie Kennedy played in America’s first museum blockbuster show. The original edition was excerpted in Vanity Fair and showcased on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”  A highly illustrated new edition is being published by the White House Historical Association to coincide with Mrs. Kennedy’s 90th birthday in 2019.

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“Instant Classic.”  — More Magazine

“Meticulously researched . . . a delightful story.”  — Boston Globe

Mona Lisa in Camelot is well written, extensively researched and meticulously rendered — a masterpiece in its own right.” — BookPage

AuthorPhoto MarnieDavis "Davis offers an intriguing sketch of Jackie -- a woman as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa herself."  -- Newsday