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Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy

Widmer, Ted; Kennedy, Caroline

ISBN 10: 1401324568 / 1-4013-2456-8
ISBN 13: 9781401324568
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material. JFK was elected president when Civil Rights tensions were near the boiling point, and Americans feared a nuclear war. Confronted with complex dilemmas necessitating swift and unprecedented action, President Kennedy engaged in intense discussion and debate with his cabinet members and other advisors. Now, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the John F. Kennedy Library and historian Ted Widmer have carefully selected the most compelling and important of these remarkable recordings for release, fully restored and re-mastered onto two 75-minute CDs for the first time. Listening In represents a uniquely unscripted, insider account of a president and his cabinet grappling with the day-to-day business of the White House and guiding the nation through a hazardous era of uncertainty.

Accompanied by extensively annotated transcripts of the recordings, and with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy, Listening In delivers the story behind the story in the unguarded words and voices of the decision-makers themselves. Listening In covers watershed events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, Vietnam, and the arms race, and offers fascinating glimpses into the intellectual methodology of a circumspect president and his brilliant, eclectic brain trust.

Just as the unique vision of President John F. Kennedy continues to resonate half a century after his stirring speeches and bold policy decisions, the documentary candor of Listening In imparts a vivid, breathtaking immediacy that will significantly expand our understanding of his time in office.

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Book Description: Hyperion. 1 Cloth & CDs(s), 2012. hard. Book Condition: New. In July 1962, following the Bay of Pigs disaster, John F. Kennedy installed recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of presidential decision-making in a charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies, and tactics. The result is a priceless historical archive—some 265 hours of recorded material from a time of civil rights activism, nuclear brinkmanship with the Soviet Union, foreign conflicts, and other complex dilemmas necessitating swift and decisive action. With photos and document images throughout, this collection of transcripts includes two and a half hours of presidential recordings on two audio CDs."Everyone knows Nixon had tape recorders running in the Oval Office, but most Americans aren't aware that FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower experimented with audio recording and that JFK installed taping systems in 1962 that he could activate to record significant meetings and phone conversations and, occasionally, his own reflections. All 265.5 hours of those tapes (with redactions, however) are now available at the Kennedy Presidential Library. This volume, accompanied by two CDs, gathers several dozen of the most interesting conversations. In addition to obvious subjects—Cuba, civil rights, space, and Vietnam—the collection also includes many remarks on history, politics, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and other foreign-policy developments. Quite helpful . are the book's illustrations, which range from photographs to contemporaneous documents and handwritten notes. [This book is] a portrait of a president being president, and the closest to an autobiography we will ever get."—Booklist 300pp, 2 hrs 26 mins/2012. Bookseller Inventory # 36244

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