The Presidential Recordings by Ernest R. May
John F. Kennedy: Volumes 1-3, The Great Crises

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The most remarkable window that Americans have ever had into how their country is governed.

These volumes provide a unique glimpse into the real workings of the Kennedy White House, presenting perhaps the most reliable record of the Kennedy presidency ever published. In the summer of 1962, President John F. Kennedy installed a secret taping system in the White House. His aim was to record meetings and conversations he considered important, probably intending to use them when he wrote the memoir of his years in office, a book he never had the chance to write. The tapes are now being authoritatively transcribed, and those for the period from the installation of the tape system through October 28, 1962 (the end of the Cuban missile crisis), are presented here in their entirety.
 

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Published October 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 1536 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In a few instances, the transcripts have the president saying ''Nigra.'' (Michael Beschloss, in an earlier edited volume of Johnson tapes, chose, inaccurately, to use the less offensive ''Negro'' in these cases.) Over all, these volumes offer a tantalizing glimpse into the inner workings of ...

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Scholars Timothy Naftali, Philip Zelikow and Ernest May, in collaboration with the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, present the first three volumes of The Presidential Recordings: John F.

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