All these years after The King's passing, it's hard to find something new that offers something new.
Well, hot damn tamale! The pictures in this book are it. As a homegrown scholar of Presleyana, I can attest that many of them HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE and offer as much insight as Guralnik's books. In this case, the pictures tell a thousand words.
As for the text, well, it's another example of the barrel-scraping trivia that's flooded the market ("In 1974... during the energy crisis Elvis did not "light up" Graceland..."), but it has been edited expertly, and positioned unobtrusively enough as not to distract from the presleyriffic picture presentation.
All in all, the pubisher did a commendable job. It's not a highfalutin art book, but it ain't one of those cheapies, either.
This is a coffeetable book for the average American coffeetable. I will pull it out and dust it off every Christmas, to share with my rockin' friends-- if only to look at all the great photos.
As the King might sing:
"Warden threw a Christmas party
in the county jail
The prison band was reading,
a new book on sale
'Christmas with Elvis'
is the name of the book
If you wanna get your Christmas kicks
you oughta take a look!
Let's look at the pictures!"