fascinating collection of John F Kennedy meeting tapes spans 4 DVDs
and has a total run time of approximately 180 hours. It contains
a total of 171 MP3 files recorded at 192KBPS (high quality setting).
A complete guide to the contents of each recording is included
on DVD 4.
Some of the many topics include nuclear test ban treaty, the U.S.
economy, Soviet Union, United Nations, conversations with General
MacArthur, Cuba, conversations with Eisenhower, nuclear testing
and much more.
Note: These were live meeting tapes recorded in the Oval Office
and contain the background noise of staff members, attendees, phones,
and other noises in the room during the taping periods. Also, certain
segments are deleted as they are still classified and could not
Here are some more detailed examples of a few of the many meeting
tapes included in this collection:
Tape No. 2
Declassified in full, 11/98. Portions opened 6/83.
Description: Economy: Test Ban Treaty: Negotiations; advantages
of test ban; potential nuclear countries; effects of continued testing;
proliferation; countries' cost, time, motivation; proliferation
of peaceful reactors; need for collaboration between US/USSR; comparison
of US/USSR capabilities; development of fusion bomb; atmospheric
testing; airborne test system; alternate land sites; effects of
total test ban; possibility of countries cheating; further weapons
development; increased weapons efficiency; affect of abrogation
of treaty; discussion of tabling atmospheric treaty; public appeal.
Tape No. 18
Declassified in part, 11/98. One segment (totaling 34 seconds) closed
due to national security classification.
Description: Meeting 1: Soviet Union: JFK candor in response to
Khrushchev; Soviet note; US overflights of Sakhalin Islands; possible
violation of Soviet territory; JFK credibility; RFK conversation
with Dobrynin; weapons agreement for Cuba; possible discussion of
Cuba; Berlin. Meeting 2: Cuba: Military expenditures; missile strength;
nuclear versus non-nuclear; possible blockade; Soviet shipments
of arms; UN; Venezuela captured arms cache; US policy towards Cuba;
possibility of worldwide confrontation; use of Monroe Doctrine;
Gen. Carter briefing; RFK.
Tape No. 20:
Declassified in part, 11/98. Fifteen segments (totaling 7 minutes
and 17 seconds) closed due to national security classification.
Description: Meeting 1: Cuba: Congressional briefing; force levels;
composition of personnel; Soviet's response to Congressional action;
McNamara meeting with the leadership. Meeting 2: Nuclear testing:
Number of tests; amount of fission; possible future tests; radiation
effects; Soviet tests; US tests; timing of tests; AEC preference;
atmospheric, underground testing; cost, benefits of tests, US national
security needs; termination of tests; Soviet tests.
Tape No. 47
11/1/62 and 11/2/62
Declassified in Part, 11/99. Ten segments (totaling 12 minutes and
10 seconds) closed due to national security classification.
Description: Meeting 1: Cuba: (11/1/62) low-level flights over Cuba;
IL-28 bombers; instructions to New York; OAS support. Berlin: (short
conversation) discussion with the Chancellor regarding a ten year
standstill on Berlin. Cuba: Dean Rusk telephone conversation with
George Ball regarding Cuba. Meeting 2: Cuba: (11/2/62) Denial of
Khrushchev's instability; McCone intelligence briefing; Ball Report
on Mikoyan, Zorin and Kuznetsov dinner meeting with Stevenson and
McCloy in New York; UN presence; SAM sites; press conference; Ball
reads 6 -points statement; inspection of outgoing and incoming ships;
limited daily over flights; release of photos to the press; current
status of quarantine and inspection; Atomic Testing: announcement.
This product is a DVD collection of MP3s. It is designed to be
played on your computer DVD drive with standard mp3 software - like
Windows media player or its equivalent on Macintosh computers. The
mp3 files on the DVDs can be copied onto CDs for play in your car
stereo, home entertainment center, etc so you can take your favorite
meeting topics with you anywhere you go.