F.D.R. on Tape

Black arts, and sex talk

Weakened and distorted by the warps of time, crackling with static interference, the famous voice from the past gloats over the possibilities: "Now you'd be amazed at how this story about the gal is spreading around the country . . . Awful nice gal, writes for the magazines and so forth and so on . . ."

At the height of the Watergate scandal, when Americans were appalled to learn that Richard Nixon had secretly taped conversations in the Oval Office, his defenders liked to argue that Lyndon Johnson and...

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