• History

The Kennedy Tapes

Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis
Author: Ernest R. May,Philip Zelikow
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393322590
Category: History
Page: 514
View: 6560
Tapes recorded during the Cuban Missile Crisis reveal the work of President Kennedy and the National Security Council to come up with an effective response. Reprint.

    • History

The Kennedy Assassination Tapes


Author: Max Holland
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1400043786
Category: History
Page: 480
View: 6043
A major work of documentary history–the brilliantly edited and annotated transcripts, most of them never before published, of the presidential conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath. The transition from John F. Kennedy to Johnson was arguably the most wrenching and, ultimately, one of the most bitter in the nation’s history. As Johnson himself said later, “I took the oath, I became president. But for millions of Americans I was still illegitimate, a naked man with no presidential covering, a pretender to the throne….The whole thing was almost unbearable.” In this book, Max Holland, a leading authority on the assassination and longtime Washington journalist, presents the momentous telephone calls President Johnson made and received as he sought to stabilize the country and keep the government functioning in the wake of November 22, 1963. The transcripts begin on the day of the assassination, and reveal the often chaotic activity behind the scenes as a nation in shock struggled to come to terms with the momentous events. The transcripts illuminate Johnson’s relationship with Robert F. Kennedy, which flared instantly into animosity; the genuine warmth of his dealings with Jacqueline Kennedy; his contact with the FBI and CIA directors; and the advice he sought from friends and mentors as he wrestled with the painful transition. We eavesdrop on all the conversations–including those with leading journalists–that persuaded Johnson to abandon his initial plan to let Texas authorities investigate the assassination. Instead, we observe how he abruptly established a federal commission headed by a very reluctant chief justice of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren. We also learn how Johnson cajoled and drafted other prominent men–among them Senator Richard Russell (who detested Warren), Allen Dulles, John McCloy, and Gerald Ford–into serving. We see a sudden president under unimaginable pressure, contending with media frenzy and speculation on a worldwide scale. We witness the flow of inaccurate information–some of it from J. Edgar Hoover–amid rumors and theories about foreign involvement. And we glimpse Johnson addressing the mounting criticism of the Warren Commission after it released its still-controversial report in September 1964. The conversations rendered here are nearly verbatim, and have never been explained so thoroughly. No passages have been deleted except when they veered from the subject. Brought together with Holland’s commentaries, they make riveting, hugely revelatory reading. From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis


Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393341539
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 4070
"A minor classic in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by a participant of the shifting moods and maneuvers of the most dangerous moment in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Jacqueline Kennedy

The Warmly Human Life Story of the Woman All Americans Have Taken to Their Heart
Author: Deane Fons Heller
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 222
View: 1567

    • History

Listening In

The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy
Author: N.A
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1401305253
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 7532
To mark John F. Kennedy's centennial, celebrate the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States. In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material. JFK was elected president when Civil Rights tensions were near the boiling point, and Americans feared a nuclear war. Confronted with complex dilemmas necessitating swift and unprecedented action, President Kennedy engaged in intense discussion and debate with his cabinet members and other advisors. Now, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the John F. Kennedy Library and historian Ted Widmer have carefully selected the most compelling and important of these remarkable recordings for release, fully restored and re-mastered onto two 75-minute CDs for the first time. Listening In represents a uniquely unscripted, insider account of a president and his cabinet grappling with the day-to-day business of the White House and guiding the nation through a hazardous era of uncertainty. Accompanied by extensively annotated transcripts of the recordings, and with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy, Listening In delivers the story behind the story in the unguarded words and voices of the decision-makers themselves. Listening In covers watershed events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, Vietnam, and the arms race, and offers fascinating glimpses into the intellectual methodology of a circumspect president and his brilliant, eclectic brain trust. Just as the unique vision of President John F. Kennedy continues to resonate half a century after his stirring speeches and bold policy decisions, the documentary candor of Listening In imparts a vivid, breathtaking immediacy that will significantly expand our understanding of his time in office.

    • History

The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory

Myths versus Reality
Author: Sheldon M. Stern
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804784329
Category: History
Page: 208
View: 2020
This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

    • History

The Death of a President

November 20-November 25, 1963
Author: William Manchester
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 031637072X
Category: History
Page: 736
View: 4112
William Manchester's epic and definitive account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination -- now restored to print in a new paperback edition. As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of the days immediately preceding and following President John F. Kennedy's death. Through hundreds of interviews, abundant travel and firsthand observation, and with unique access to the proceedings of the Warren Commission, Manchester conducted an exhaustive historical investigation, accumulating forty-five volumes of documents, exhibits, and transcribed tapes. His ultimate objective -- to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK's assassination -- is brilliantly achieved in this galvanizing narrative, a book universally acclaimed as a landmark work of modern history.

    • History

Jacqueline Kennedy

Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
Author: Caroline Kennedy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 140130396X
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 9577
To mark John F. Kennedy's centennial, celebrate the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States. In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, for the first time, they can be read in this deluxe, illustrated eBook. Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, with a nation deep in mourning and the world looking on in stunned disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy found the strength to set aside her own personal grief for the sake of posterity and begin the task of documenting and preserving her husband's legacy. In January of 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy approved a planned oral-history project that would capture their first-hand accounts of the late President as well as the recollections of those closest to him throughout his extraordinary political career. For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but beginning that March, she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy. The tapes of those sessions were then sealed and later deposited in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon its completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy's wishes. The resulting eight and a half hours of material comprises a unique and compelling record of a tumultuous era, providing fresh insights on the many significant people and events that shaped JFK's presidency but also shedding new light on the man behind the momentous decisions. Here are JFK's unscripted opinions on a host of revealing subjects, including his thoughts and feelings about his brothers Robert and Ted, and his take on world leaders past and present, giving us perhaps the most informed, genuine, and immediate portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy we shall ever have. Mrs. Kennedy's urbane perspective, her candor, and her flashes of wit also give us our clearest glimpse into the active mind of a remarkable First Lady. In conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's Inauguration, Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family are now releasing these beautifully restored recordings on CDs with accompanying transcripts. Introduced and annotated by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss, these interviews will add an exciting new dimension to our understanding and appreciation of President Kennedy and his time and make the past come alive through the words and voice of an eloquent eyewitness to history.

    • Political Science

Talk at the Brink

Deliberation and Decision During the Cuban Missile Crisis
Author: David R. Gibson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691151318
Category: Political Science
Page: 218
View: 7328
Examines, from a sociological perspective, the historic audio recordings of discussions between John F. Kennedy & his top advisers during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reveals how conversational practices & dynamics shaped Kennedy's perception of the options available to him, thereby influencing his decisions & ultimately the outcome of the crisis.

    • History

Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice

The Civil Rights Tapes
Author: Jonathan Rosenberg,Zachary Karabell
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393051223
Category: History
Page: 368
View: 6928
A collection of transcripts of the secret recordings made by presidents Kennedy and Johnson of meetings between 1962 and the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, reveal how the White House transformed civil rights history.


    • Biography & Autobiography

Listening In

The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy
Author: Ted Widmer,Caroline Kennedy
Publisher: "Hachette Digital, Inc."
ISBN: 9781401305246
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 7252

    • History

The Dark Side of Camelot


Author: Seymour M. Hersh
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316360678
Category: History
Page: 528
View: 7887
This monumental work of investigative journalism reveals the Kennedy White House as never before. With its meticulously documented & compulsively readable portrait of John F. Kennedy as a man whose reckless personal behavior imperiled his presidency, The Dark Side of Camelot sparked a firestorm of controversy upon its initial publication - becoming a runaway bestseller & one of the year's most talked-about books. Now in paperback, this watershed work will continue to provoke public discussion as the debate intensifies over what constitutes proper personal & political behavior on the part of our nation's leaders.

    • Biography & Autobiography

John F. Kennedy

The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963
Author: Alan Brinkley
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805083499
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 202
View: 421
Analyzes the contrast between Kennedy's achievements and his legend, tracing the successes and failures of such events as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis while exploring the ways in which he reshaped views of the presidency.

    • True Crime

Framed

Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit
Author: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510701788
Category: True Crime
Page: 344
View: 1022
The New York Times bestseller – now in paperback, with a new afterword “A must-read for those who care about justice and integrity in our public institutions.” —Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq. The Definitive Story of One of the Most Infamous Murders of the Twentieth Century and the Heartbreaking Miscarriage of Justice That Followed On Halloween, 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley’s body was found brutally murdered outside her home in swanky Greenwich, Connecticut. Twenty-seven years after her death, the State of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Now Skakel’s cousin Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., solves the baffling whodunit and clears Michael Skakel’s name. In this revised edition, which includes developments following the Connecticut Supreme Court decision, Kennedy chronicles how Skakel was railroaded amidst a media frenzy and a colorful cast of characters—from a crooked cop and a narcissistic defense attorney to a parade of perjuring witnesses.

    • Fiction

The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A Novel
Author: Ruth Francisco
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312363567
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 4103
A fictionalized memoir depicts the iconic figure's feelings and thoughts between the recorded lines of history, offering insights into how she experienced the assassination of JFK, her rivalry with Maria Callas, and her abuse-marked marriage to Aristotle Onassis. By the author of Good Morning, Darkness. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

    • History

Crossfire

The Plot That Killed Kennedy
Author: Jim Marrs
Publisher: Constellation
ISBN: 0465031803
Category: History
Page: 648
View: 5583

    • Biography & Autobiography

My Twelve Years With John F. Kennedy


Author: Evelyn Lincoln
Publisher: Black Pebbles
ISBN: 9780974079806
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 380
View: 2897
Recollections of the woman who served as personal secretary to John F. Kennedy from his first days as Congressman through his years as President.

    • History

The Other Missiles of October

Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Jupiters, 1957-1963
Author: Philip Nash
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807863564
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 1375
Shedding important new light on the history of the Cold War, Philip Nash tells the story of what the United States gave up to help end the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. By drawing on documents only recently declassified, he shows that one of President Kennedy's compromises with the Soviets involved the removal of Jupiter missiles from Italy and Turkey, an arrangement concealed from both the American public and the rest of the NATO allies. Nash traces the entire history of the Jupiters and explores why the United States offered these nuclear missiles, which were capable of reaching targets in the Soviet Union, to its European allies after the launch of Sputnik. He argues that, despite their growing doubts, both Eisenhower and Kennedy proceeded with the deployment of the missiles because they felt that cancellation would seriously damage America's credibility with its allies and the Soviet Union. The Jupiters subsequently played a far more significant role in Khrushchev's 1962 decision to deploy his missiles in Cuba, in U.S. deliberations during the ensuing missile crisis, and in the resolution of events in Cuba than most existing histories have supposed.