Lyndon B. Johnson (American Presidents Series)

Lyndon B. Johnson (American Presidents Series)

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Lyndon B. Johnson (American Presidents Series) by Charles Peters

The towering figure who sought to transform America into a "Great Society" but whose ambitions and presidency collapsed in the tragedy of the Vietnam War

Few figures in American history are as compelling and complex as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who established himself as the master of the U.S. Senate in the 1950s and succeeded John F. Kennedy in the White House after Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

Charles Peters, a keen observer of Washington politics for more than five decades, tells the story of Johnson's presidency as the tale of an immensely talented politician driven by ambition and desire. As part of the Kennedy-Johnson administration from 1961 to 1968, Peters knew key players, including Johnson's aides, giving him inside knowledge of the legislative wizardry that led to historic triumphs like the Voting Rights Act and the personal insecurities that led to the tragedy of Vietnam.

Peters's experiences have given him unique insight into the poisonous rivalry between Johnson and Robert F. Kennedy, showing how their misunderstanding of each other exacerbated Johnson's self-doubt and led him into the morass of Vietnam, which crippled his presidency and finally drove this larger-than-life man from the office that was his lifelong ambition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805082395
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Series: American Presidents Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 512,757
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Charles Peters is the author of Five Days in Philadelphia and How Washington Really Works, among other books. He is the founder of The Washington Monthly, that he edited for thirty-two years, following a career in politics and government which included serving in the West Virginia legislature, working on John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign, and helping to launch the Peace Corps. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The text flows very well and is easy to understand. The author does not tilt one way or the other, he covers both his accomplishments and his character flaws that lead to his mistakes and finishes the story off with a fair analysis of how historians and the public view Johnson today. The story of Lyndon Johnson is a captivating one and this concise edition does him justice.
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