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.
©2001 Michael R. Beschloss, Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
NOt in my top tne, but not bad over all.
Ldy Bird mostly. The poor woman had to go through a lot as First Lady.
Just as good as the last one. Hope for another volume on the LBJ tapes in the future.
lBJ would often pretend ot be on the sides of people he didn't agree with.
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.
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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