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Reaching for Glory Audiobook

Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-65

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Little did President Johnson imagine that one of his legacies would be an outstanding audiobook. But the recordings of his phone conversations provide authenticity that can't be found in print transcripts. Historian Michael Beschloss sets the stage with a clear presentation of the tumultuous issues of the mid 1960s, but Johnson steals the show with emotional, earthy, and crude conversations with Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, and others. Hearing LBJ negotiate, flatter, and scold is like being a fly on the wall in the White House. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

As Reaching for Glory opens, LBJ is campaigning for the greatest presidential landslide in history. To win, he hands embarrassing secrets about Barry Goldwater to friendly reporters. When Johnson's closest aide is arrested in a sex scandal, he tries to keep it from exploding before the election.

This audiobook reveals the secret history of how Lyndon Johnson took us step by step, often by stealth, into Vietnam. While publicly boasting that there will be victory in Vietnam, he privately worries that the war can never be won and that it will crush his presidency. He foresees the backlash against the war, civil rights, and the Great Society that will bring Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to power.

Reaching for Glory lets us hear LBJ's private telephone conversations with Jacqueline Kennedy just after her husband's assassination. It allows us to live at Lyndon Johnson's side, day by day, through the dramatic, triumphant, catastrophic, and pivotal year of a turbulent presidency that continues to affect all of our lives.

Hear more recordings of presidential phone calls with the American RadioWorks documentary, White House Tapes: The President Calling.

©2001 Michael R. Beschloss, Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Catherine L. Willsey 03-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "LBJ was human"

    nice to hear her about the human side of the President. also interesting to hear about Jacqueline Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

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    brian 07-04-13
    brian 07-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More behind the scenes of LBJ at work."
    Where does Reaching for Glory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    NOt in my top tne, but not bad over all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ldy Bird mostly. The poor woman had to go through a lot as First Lady.


    Have you listened to any of Lyndon Johnson and Michael Beschloss ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as the last one. Hope for another volume on the LBJ tapes in the future.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    lBJ would often pretend ot be on the sides of people he didn't agree with.


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    Victor New York, NY, USA 11-08-06
    Victor New York, NY, USA 11-08-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Worthwhile"

    This is an incredibly intimate look into the life and mind of a U.S. president whose accomplishements are largly overshadowed by the difficult circumstances of the times. Never giving up his dream of the Great Society and striving mightily to acheive it, we see how the heavily the quagmire of Vietnam and civil unrest weighed on him. This audiobook provides a very worthwhile and easily missed perspective on the 60's.

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    lhmpdx Portland, OR 07-05-03
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    "Great Audio History"

    A fantastic audio book. The same material on paper wouldn't be nearly as good. It's thrilling to hear Johnson and others as they discuss the great issues of their time.
    Beschloss is an excellent guide, as he provides the historical setting for each of Johnson's actual tapes.

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