Synopses & Reviews
NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD RECORDINGS OF SECRETLY TAPED OVAL OFFICE CONVERSATIONS WITH EIGHT US PRESIDENTS. Historian John Prados and The New Press have procured recordings made by eight Presidents of their oval office conversations. Never intended for public consumption, these recordings offer portraits of the nation's chief executives responding to and taking action on some of the most critical events of the late twentieth century. Including phone conversations and confidential meetings, the set offers candid, unscripted exchanges with top aides, political figures, and heads of state. One exchange constitutes the famous "smoking gun" tapes of the Watergate era. Another sequence has Lyndon Johnson finding out from J. Edgar Hoover about the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi just as he also learns from Robert McNamara about the breaking crisis in Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin. The set includes eight digitally remastered CDs of presidential conversations and transcripts of the conversations with historical introductions by John Prados. An additional CD features the companion radio documentary "White House Tapes: The President Calling, " produced by Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks for an upcoming national broadcast on public radio.
Here are never-before-heard recordings of secretly taped Oval Office conversations with eight United States Presidents. Includes a book and 9 CDs.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -331).
Table of Contents
Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Harry S. Truman -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- John F. Kennedy -- Lyndon B. Johnson --Richard M. Nixon -- Gerald R. Ford -- Ronald Reagan.