By Joseph A. Califano Jr.
From Lyndon Johnson’s closest family adviser in the course of the White condo years comes a e-book within which “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his uncooked and earthy glory” (The long island occasions e-book Review) that’s been known as “a pleasure to learn” (Stephen Ambrose, The Washington put up publication World). And now, a brand new introductory essay brings the reader brand new on Johnson’s influence on the United States today.
Califano takes us into the Oval workplace because the judgements that irrevocably replaced the USA have been being crafted to create Johnson’s formidable nice Society. He exhibits us LBJ’s dedication to monetary and social revolution, and his willingness to do no matter what it took to accomplish his objectives. Califano uncorks LBJ’s legislative genius and divulges the political guile it took to cross the legislation in civil rights, poverty, immigration reform, healthiness, schooling, environmental security, purchaser defense, the humanities, and communications.
President Lyndon Johnson used to be greater than life—and nobody who labored for him or used to be subjected to the “Johnson remedy” ever forgot it. As Johnson’s “Deputy President of household Affairs” (The ny Times), Joseph A. Califano’s targeted dating with the president vastly enriches our realizing of our thirty-sixth president, whose old value remains to be felt all through each nook of the USA to this present day.
A no-holds-barred account of Johnson’s presidency, The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson is an intimate portrait of a President whose towering ambition for his state and himself reshaped America—and eventually ended in his choice to withdraw from the political area within which he fought so tough.
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