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The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
  • Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Beginning with John F. Kennedy, every President has received a short, personalized daily report from the intelligence community. This top-secret document is known as the President’s Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, as simply “the Book.”  David Priess, former intelligence officer and daily briefer, has interviewed every living President and Vice President as well as more than one hundred others intimately involved with the production and delivery of the President’s book of secrets. He offers an unprecedented window into the decision-making of every President from Kennedy to Obama.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.