The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
     
 

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From Lyndon Johnson's closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book that takes listeners into the Oval Office as the decisions that irrevocably changed the United States were being made.

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From Lyndon Johnson's closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book that takes listeners into the Oval Office as the decisions that irrevocably changed the United States were being made.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Califano, once a chief domestic adviser to Lyndon Johnson, paints an intimate, balanced and basically sympathetic portrait of the 36th president. Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Califano, President Johnson's special assistant for domestic affairs from 1965 to 1969, remembers Johnson as a driven, obsessive, yet compassionate leader, similarly described in Robert Dallek's authoritative Lone Star Rising ( LJ 6/15/91). A dedicated and loyal Great Society foot soldier, Califano emphasizes the legislative actions and policy implications of Johnson's programs. Lacking Robert Caro's graceful style and his excessive emphasis on Johnson's ambition ( Means of Ascent , LJ 4/15/91), Califano's memoirs successfully recount the workings of an expansive, caring, yet quixotic government and the actions of a president who tried and cared. Especially noteworthy are Califano's descriptions of Johnson's fateful decision to pursue simultaneously the Vietnam War and the Great Society; Johnson's anguish over the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, his long-time political nemesis; and the emergence of the credibility gap. An important book for most libraries.-- Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp . Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
From the Publisher
"Califano, who went on to become secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, has written an intimate, balanced and basically sympathetic portrait of the 36th president." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890969601
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Joseph V. Hughes, Jr., and Holly O. Hughes Series in the Presidency and Leadership Studies
Edition description:
1ST TEXAS
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. He has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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