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Author Doyle, William, 1957-

Title Inside the Oval Office : the White House tapes from FDR to Clinton / [by]William Doyle.

Published New York : Kodansha International, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.910922 DOYL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-412) and index.
Contents Preface: America's Chief Executives Caught on Tape -- Prologue: The Oval Office on Fire -- Ch. 1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Creative Executive -- Ch. 2. Harry S. Truman: The Decisive Executive -- Ch. 3. Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Organized Executive -- Ch. 4. John F. Kennedy: The Rational Executive -- Ch. 5. Lyndon B. Johnson: The Controlling Executive -- Ch. 6. Richard M. Nixon: The Strategic Executive -- Ch. 7. Gerald R. Ford: The Collegial Executive -- Ch. 8. Jimmy Carter: The Technocrat Executive -- Ch. 9. Ronald Reagan: The Visionary Executive -- Ch. 10. George Bush: The Diplomatic Executive -- Ch. 11. Bill Clinton: The Chaotic Executive -- Ch. 12. Epilogue: The Wired Presidents.
Summary In 1940, inventor J. Ripley Kiel was taken by Secret Service men to the Oval Office, where he planted a microphone in FDR's desk lamp and connected it to an experimental sound recording machine. Since that day, almost every president has found some use for recording, sometimes covertly, sometimes not. The tapes and transcripts left behind from this sixty-year recording experiment are a cockpit voice recorder of the presidency, time capsules from crucial moments in American history. During four years of research in the National Archives and Presidential Libraries, William Doyle unearthed scores of White House tapes and transcripts, many never before published. He interviewed over one hundred Oval Office insiders, Cabinet members, and White House aides, from FDR's personal secretary to Henry Kissinger. Inside the Oval Office is the result, a flesh-and-blood drama of the presidency in action.
Subject White House (Washington, D.C.)
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Executive power -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 -- Sources.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- -- Sources.
ISBN 1568362854