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Inside The Oval Office: The Whitehouse Tapes From Fdr To Clinton William Doyle

Inside The Oval Office: The Whitehouse Tapes From Fdr To Clinton

William Doyle

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ISBN : 9781902809120
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430 pages
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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 Nixons disastrous experience with taping that the succeeding occupants ofMoreRichard 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 Nixons disastrous experience with taping that the succeeding occupants of the White House would have learned better. Since they didnt, 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 presidents 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 guys shoes. Among the books 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 Kissingers 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