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Charles Gilbert Wright

GROVE CITY, PENNSYLVANIA
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  • Taking Charge

  • The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
  • By: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Narrated by: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great as an audiobook

  • By Amanda on 11-22-11

Helps to balance out the facts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have learned that it is best to hear both sides a story. The external media does not help all of us to understand what is going on. This puts flesh on the bones of a long ago buried corpse. I was a 20 year old and now am 63. Looking back at the world through TAKING CHARGE helps to create a context for the world at that time.

What other book might you compare Taking Charge to and why?

WRITE IT WHEN I'M GONE by Thomas . DeFrank [about Gerald Ford]; THE CLINTON TAPES by Taylor Branch; AT CANAAN'S EDGE, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

Which character – as performed by Michael R. Beschloss – was your favorite?

JBJ

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

LBJ's humanity.