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Lyndon B. Johnson

Peters, Charles, 1926- (Book - 2010 )
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Documents the 36th president's term in office and the legacy of his achievements, revealing the insights he gained while serving in the Senate and throughout the Kennedy-Johnson administration and discussing how factors including the Vietnam War drove him from office.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Baker
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Documents the 36th president's time in office and the legacy of his achievements, revealing the insights he gained while serving in the Senate and throughout the Kennedy-Johnson administration and discussing how factors including the Vietnam war drove him from office. By the author of Five Days in Philadelphia.

Authors: Peters, Charles, 1926-
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Peters
Title: Lyndon B. Johnson
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xviii, 199 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Early life
Mr. Johnson comes to Washington
Trying for the Senate
The art of the possible
Running second
A winning year
The great society
Escalation
A cultural revolution
Going home
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1945-1989 Presidents United States Biography Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Topical Term: Presidents
LCCN: 2009045612
ISBN: 9780805082395
0805082395
Branch Call Number: B Johnson P
Research Call Number: ILH 10-5216
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