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The Words Behind the War
Ken Burns' ten-part documentary, The Vietnam War, premiering on PBS September 17, will expose to 21st-century viewers many voices from that distant time. Among those voices will be the two presidents who held office during that turbulent era, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. The film's producers worked closely with the Miller Center of Public Affairs, which administers the Presidential Recordings Program. Oval Office conversations, caught on tape, take the listener behind the scenes of this most controversial war. We are now making these conversations open to the public through our The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition web site, published by UVA Press's electronic imprint, ROTUNDA. Links to the conversations are below.
Viewers of the Vietnam War documentary will also want to read Miller Center scholar Ken Hughes' two highly acclaimed books, Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate and Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Re-election—both of which offer audio files of the presidential tapes via these links—as well George Herring's ebook essay The War Bells Have Rung: The LBJ Tapes and the Americanization of the Vietnam War.
From the Johnson White House
From the Nixon White House