IIPC Debate 78
Fri 20 Nov, 12-14, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Author & Fulbright Scholar William Doyle (University of Eastern Finland)
Secrets of the Oval Office: Time Traveling in the Cockpit of American History
William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar at UEF-Joensuu, a New York Times bestselling author, and an award-winning documentary film and TV producer for HBO, A&E and PBS networks.
Join William for an incredible journey based on his critically-acclaimed book INSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE: THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES and discover the behind-closed-doors secrets of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The book is based on thousands of hours of declassified files and secret White House tapes, and Doyle’s interviews with Oval Office insiders including Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld.
How would it feel to hold in your hands the power to change the world – or destroy it? Thirteen Americans have known that power, inside the cockpit of American history: the Oval Office. The astonishing reality of what goes on in the Oval Office when the doors are closed has never been revealed until now, in the book INSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE. “If they want this job, fuck ‘em. They can have it…You could have those bombs go off and blow up fifteen cities in the United States.” John F. Kennedy secret White House tape, 1962 “If for Freud the glimpse of the parental bedroom was the primal scene of sexuality in character formation, the Oval Office is the primal scene of power.” New York Times book review of Inside the Oval Office It is the room where history is born, scandals erupt and crises explode, the scene of horrific blunders and hair-raising drama. It is the world’s most dangerous office, where a single mistake can change history forever.War and peace. Chaos and crisis. Supreme despair and ultimate hope. Life and death on a colossal scale. The highest stakes in history. It all happens inside the Oval Office.
William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar based in Finland, focusing on global education best practices and the schools of tomorrow. He is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer on American history and politics and TV producer whose credits include projects for HBO, A&E and PBS. He co-authored the 2014 book “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” and co-authored the companion hit PBS documentary; authored the just-released book “PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy”; and co-authored with his wife the new book “Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children”, an examination of Japanese healthy longevity. Born and raised in New York City, he is the father of an 8-year-old boy who attends Finnish public school. During his Fulbright, Doyle has worked with students and faculty at three Finnish institutions (the University of East Finland, the University of Turku and the University of Lapland) to identify and promote child-centered, evidence-based global best practices to improve the well-being and learning of children in K-8 education.
This debate is co-organised with the John Morton Center for North American Studies (JMC).