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Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton

Inside the Oval Office The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton Since almost every president has found some use for recording conversations covertly or otherwise William Doyle unearths these tapes from oblivion to present a flesh and blood drama of the pres

  • Title: Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton
  • Author: WilliamDoyle
  • ISBN: 9781568363165
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 1940, almost every president has found some use for recording conversations, covertly or otherwise William Doyle unearths these tapes from oblivion to present a flesh and blood drama of the presidency in action.

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    1 thought on “Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton

    1. I really enjoyed this account of the executive styles of the modern presidents, which used tape recording transcripts to guide and support the analysis. At times I felt that Doyle's editorializing was not necessarily backed up by the recordings he cited, but that was not often. And the behind-the-scenes accounts of men whose public images are so finely tuned were fascinating. Learning that LBJ called Ford's economics "the worst thing that's happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger- [...]

    2. The premise here is to tell the story of the modern White House through the (mostly clandestine) taped conversations that have taken place through the years. The problem is, though, that only LBJ and certainly Nixon made liberal use of their taping systems. Every president after Nixon has been quite rightly afraid to touch a tape recorder. Still, there were plenty of interesting anecdotes, mostly drawn from interviews with insiders.

    3. This is a nice overview of Presidential management styles, from FDR to Clinton. However, the title is misleading. The tapes are used to support the author's arguments and are not in any way the subject of the book. Only Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon taped enough to warrant book length studies. Still, a good read overall.

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