Listening in

The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy [With CD (Audio)]

By Caroline Kennedy (Foreword by); Ted Widmer (Selected by)
(Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781401324568, 300pp.)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

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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.



About the Author
Caroline Kennedy is a researcher, journalist, humanitarian aid worker and theatre director. She currently lives between Costa Rica, Los Angeles and Newfoundland. She has spent five years of her life researching Stephen Ward's story and fighting to have his wrongful conviction overturned. Phillip Knightley has been a leading investigative journalist in Britain for over 40 years. He is the author of several books, including "The First Casualty," "The Second Oldest Profession" and "The Philby Conspiracy"

Ted Widmer has been at Brown since 2006 as Assistant to the President for Special Projects at Brown University and the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library. From 2012 to 2013, he was a senior adviser to Secretary of State Clinton. He has written many works of history, including Martin Van Buren and American Speeches (Library of America).
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