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More than thirty years ago, John Roche, former special assistant to President Johnson, wrote that no "historically valid" treatment of the Johnson years would emerge for decades. The problem, he insisted, was the scarcity of primary-source evidence. Objective analysis of the Johnson presidency would have to include material from the Johnson library as well as from the Johnson participants themselves. Nearly three decades later, Thomas W. Cowger and Sherwin Markman help to fill this void in the Johnson literature by presenting the voices of many important Johnson administrators and insiders who look back on those critical years. These original essays reflect on Johnson's personality, domestic agenda, and legacy and in many cases, the authors have penned their observations or perceptions of this crucial period for the first time. Drawn from a myriad of perspectives, this volume paints a vivid portrait of Lyndon Johnson and his programs— a fitting tribute to and remembrance of our nation's 36th President.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Foreword Part 3 Johnson in Literature and History Chapter 4 They Will Never Remember Me: Johnson in Historical Literature Part 5 Tall Texan in a Stetson: Johnson's Personality Chapter 6 An Uncommon, Common Man: LBJ's Pilot Remembers Him Chapter 7 Lyndon Johnson: An Awesome Engine of a Man Chapter 8 Some Aspects of Lyndon Johnson's Personality Part 9 Measure Each Word: Johnson the Communicator Chapter 10 Words Mattered: Johnson the Communicator Part 11 King of the Hill, the Great Coalition Builder: Johnson and Congress Chapter 12 Making Friends in Congress: LBJ and Congressional Relations Part 13 I Envision An America Where: Domestic Problems and the War on Poverty Chapter 14 Sending the Whole Country to Harvard: Lyndon Johnson' s Education Revolution Chapter 15 We Can No Longer Ignore Poverty In Our Midst: LBJ's Other War Chapter 16 Through a Glass Lightly: Reminisces of the Model Cities Act and LBJ's Dance with Legislation Chapter 17 Vietnam: Lyndon Johnson's Choice Part 18 The Best We Ever Had: Johnson and Civil Rights Chapter 19 Toward A More Just America for All: Johnson the Civil Rights Warrior Chapter 20 The Wind at His Back: LBJ, Zephyr, Wright, and Civil Rights Part 21 Retreat to the Ranch: Johnson in Retirement Chapter 22 A Lion in Winter: Johnson in Retirement Part 23 Epilogue: Is the Beautiful Woman Really Dead: The Legacy of Lyndon Johnson and His Great Society Chapter 24 The Great Society's Bum Rap Chapter 25 The Ship Sails On Chapter 26 List of Contributors