Inside the Oval Office by William Doyle
The Secret White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton

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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.

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William Doyle is a writer and documentary producer whose previous book, Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton, was a New York Times Notable Book. In 1998 he won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best TV Documentary for the A&E special "The Secret White House Tapes," which he cowrote and coproduced. He lives in New York City.
Published May 1, 1999 by Kodansha America. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Most presidents didn’t tape much (such as FDR and Truman), others not at all (Bush), and of those who did tape a lot (think Nixon), what they said is already pretty well known.

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Doyle, who won a Writer's Guild award for a documentary on the same subject, uses these recordings to present an impressive, illuminating account of how presidents from FDR to Clinton managed the day-to-day operations of ""the world's most dangerous office."" Combining interviews, meticulous hist...

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