By Ted Widmer
In July 1962, that allows you to shield a correct checklist of Presidential decision-making in a hugely charged surroundings of conflicting viewpoints, innovations and strategies, John F. Kennedy put in hidden recording platforms within the Oval workplace and within the cupboard Room. the result's a worthwhile historic archive comprising a few 265 hours of taped fabric. JFK used to be elected president while Civil Rights tensions have been close to the boiling aspect, and american citizens feared a nuclear conflict. faced with complicated dilemmas necessitating quick and remarkable motion, President Kennedy engaged in severe dialogue and debate along with his cupboard contributors and different advisors. Now, along side the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the loo F. Kennedy Library and historian Ted Widmer have conscientiously chosen the main compelling and significant of those amazing recordings for free up, absolutely restored and re-mastered onto 75-minute CDs for the 1st time. Listening In represents a uniquely unscripted, insider account of a president and his cupboard grappling with the daily enterprise of the White condo and guiding the kingdom via a unsafe period of uncertainty.
Accompanied via broadly annotated transcripts of the recordings, and with a foreword by way of Caroline Kennedy, Listening In provides the tale in the back of the tale within the unguarded phrases and voices of the decision-makers themselves. Listening In covers watershed occasions, together with the Cuban Missile difficulty, the distance Race, Vietnam, and the palms race, and provides interesting glimpses into the highbrow method of a circumspect president and his outstanding, eclectic mind belief.
Just because the specified imaginative and prescient of President John F. Kennedy maintains to resonate part a century after his stirring speeches and ambitious coverage judgements, the documentary candor of Listening In imparts a vibrant, breathtaking immediacy that may considerably extend our realizing of his time in place of work.
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Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy by Ted Widmer