From Lyndon Johnson's closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which "Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory" ("The New York Times Book Review") that's been called "a joy to read" (Stephen Ambrose, "The Washington Post Book World"). And now, a new introductory essay brings the reader up to date ...
From Lyndon Johnson's closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which "Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory" ("The New York Times Book Review") that's been called "a joy to read" (Stephen Ambrose, "The Washington Post Book World"). And now, a new introductory essay brings the reader up to date on Johnson's impact on America today. Califano takes us into the Oval Office as the decisions that irrevocably changed the United States were being crafted to create Johnson's ambitious Great Society. He shows us LBJ's commitment to economic and social revolution, and his willingness to do whatever it took to achieve his goals. Califano uncorks LBJ's legislative genius and reveals the political guile it took to pass the laws in civil rights, poverty, immigration reform, health, education, environmental protection, consumer protection, the arts, and communications. President Lyndon Johnson was bigger than life--and no one who worked for him or was subjected to the "Johnson treatment" ever forgot it. As Johnson's "Deputy President of Domestic Affairs" ("The New York Times"), Joseph A. Califano's unique relationship with the president greatly enriches our understanding of our thirty-sixth president, whose historical significance continues to be felt throughout every corner of America to this 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 country and himself reshaped America--and ultimately led to his decision to withdraw from the political arena in which he fought so hard.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-09-07 Califano, once a chief domestic adviser to Lyndon Johnson, paints an intimate, balanced and basically sympathetic portrait of the 36th president. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-08-23 Califano, Lyndon Johnson's chief domestic adviser during the last three and a half years of his presidency, was perhaps closer to him on a daily basis than anyone else throughout that embattled period: ``I watched him laugh, swear, get angry, cry, get hurt, hurt others, dream, and achieve things most everyone thought impossible.'' The man who stalks boisterously and often boorishly through these pages was ever the consummate politician, even as the Vietnam war shackled his dreams of the Great Society and sapped his political will. Appalled and shaken by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy in 1968, Johnson, the author shows, nonetheless found a way to exploit both tragedies for his own good as well as for the country's. ``Brave and brutal, compassionate and cruel, incredibly intelligent and infuriatingly insensitive,'' he was a chief executive who, as the author amply demonstrates, changed the country more than most realize. 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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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