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 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. In conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the John F. Kennedy Library and historian Ted Widmer have selected the most compelling and important of these recordings for release, fully restored and re-mastered onto two 75-minute CDs for the first time. Accompanied by 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.