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