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Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton

Doyle, William

Editore: Blackstone Audiobooks, 2000
ISBN 10: 0786117605 / ISBN 13: 9780786117604
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Titolo: Inside the Oval Office: The White House ...

Casa editrice: Blackstone Audiobooks

Data di pubblicazione: 2000

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Riassunto: During the four years of research in the national archives and presidential libraries, William Doyle unearthed scores of White House tape recordings, videotapes and transcripts, many never before published. He interviewed 100 Oval Office insiders, Cabinet members, White House aides and advisers from FDR's personal secretary to Henry Kissinger. The result is a flesh-and-blood drama of the presidency in action. Presidential episodes include: Franklin D. Roosevelt - plans to detonate a sex scandal to ruin his republican opponent; Harry S. Truman - at the controls of the world's first nuclear superpower; Dwight Eisenhower - struggles with a problem he fears will wreck the USA; John F. Kennedy - on his invasion of Mississippi to crush rebellion and a massacre; Lyndon B. Johnson - when he realises he must disengage from Vietnam; Richard Nixon - crucified himself on his own tape machines; Jim Carter - as he runs a high-risk helicopter rescue of US hostages; Ronald Reagan - on conquering Grenada and plotting victory in the Cold War; Bill Clinton - tries to rescue his presidency, four years before his impeachment.

Recensione: Richard Nixon was not the first president to tape-record conversations inside the Oval Office--that was Franklin Roosevelt. Nor was he the last, although one would think after Nixon's disastrous experience with taping that the succeeding occupants of the White House would have learned better. Since they didn't, we have Inside the Oval Office, "a cockpit voice recorder of the presidency" written and compiled by William Doyle. Doyle combines transcripts of taped Oval Office conversations--from FDR to Bill Clinton--with his assessment of each president's executive abilities. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, for example, John F. Kennedy showed what Doyle calls a pragmatic leadership style: "self-control, a call for multiple opinions, the discipline to think several steps ahead, and the ability to put himself in 'the other guy's shoes.'"

Among the book's highlights: Franklin Roosevelt briefing cabinet members and congressional leaders after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Dwight Eisenhower talking to the British prime minister during the Suez crisis; John F. Kennedy talking to Mississippi governor Ross Barnett during the fight over integration of the University of Mississippi; Lyndon Johnson meeting with military advisors about U.S. involvement in Vietnam; Richard Nixon talking with Chuck Colson about monitoring Henry Kissinger's calls to the press (and the "smoking gun" tapes in which Nixon discusses the Watergate cover-up with John Dean and H.R. Haldeman); and the transcripts of videotaped meetings held by Ronald Reagan on the Soviet Union. Anyone interested in history and the presidency will no doubt find Inside the Oval Office full of revealing and fascinating material. --Linda Killian

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