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

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

Reaching for Glory Lyndon Johnson s Secret White House Tapes An indispensable window onto one of the most legendary figures of American politics and his tumultuous controversial years in power Reaching For Glory and its recordings provides an intimate look at

  • Title: Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65
  • Author: Michael R. Beschloss Lyndon B. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780684804088
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An indispensable window onto one of the most legendary figures of American politics and his tumultuous, controversial years in power, Reaching For Glory and its recordings provides an intimate look at a pivotal American presidency in Lyndon Johnson s words, history with the bark off.

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    This is the second of three volumes in which Michael Beschloss edited and transcribed LBJ's secret White House tapes. It covers 1964-65 and deals with domestic policy - Johnson's concerns about getting his Great Society agenda through Congress, his wariness of Bobby Kennedy and Kennedy's allies within his administration, conversations with politicians, MLK Jr. and the like, and with his advisers; and with foreign policy, almost entirely Vietnam (the war was slowly but surely ramping up) and a cr [...]

    Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. Lyndon Johnson wanted to become President of the United States. But he was never comfortable or happy once he got there. In retrospect, it's no surprise at all that he didn't run for a second term.As Senate Majority Leader, he was a master at moving legislation in a body where accountability was always shared by at least 49 others. But there's only one president at a time. Throughout his term, Johnson sought the comfort of numbers, but for presiden [...]

    Reaching for Glory is Lyndon Johnson's taped telephone conversations during 1964 and 1965 -- momentous years that included Medicare and civil rights legislation, escalation of the war in Vietnam, the invasion of the Dominican Republic and much more. And this proved a lot more interesting that you might think. You really gain insight on Johnson's methods -- rhetorically, at least -- and how deeply committed he was to Medicare and the civil rights bills (even knowing he was alienating his own Sout [...]

    An awesome set of audio books. Beshloss does all the setup and color commentary between the actual taped recordings of President Johnson. Johnson had all his phones taped, the oval office, his private lines, the coffee table, the situation room. Beshloss screens the previously sealed archived collection and hand picks critical and sometimes comical sound-bites from throughout Johnson’s ruckus first presidency. It is just an astounding effort. We’ll never again have taped access to the intima [...]

    I actually listened to this book and highly recommend to go that route. LBJ taped all of his conversations which were the major parts of the book, along with Lady Bird's dictated diary. He was quite the reluctant leader in many ways, but one who most definitely expected people to do whatever he said. And his treatment and view of women not the greatest. He viewed himself as a big civil rights supporter but his choice of language and use of inappropriate words did not match his self-image. Now I [...]

    The author frames the tape excerpts with very little commentary, which I like because the reader can draw their own conclusions from LBJ's words. The LBJ I saw was an imprerfect, conflicted man with the office thrust upon him trying to find a way forward for civil rights and a way out of Vietnam but without the gifts to do either gracefully.

    Reaching For Glory by Michael Beschloss is "required reading" (listen to the audio version for an extra bonus as it includes LBJ's own voice) for those who want to better understand the enigmatic life that is Lyndon Johnson. Covering the years 1964-1965, Beschloss gives us the unvarnished and "uninterpreted" voice of Johnson, Lady Bird, and many of his associates. I especially appreciated the Editor's Note (some of Beschloss research methodology), the Cast of Characters (listing key players of t [...]

    Interesting overall. Some of the transcripts were less than vital. Now that the internet has given everyone a voice and a huge megaphone to broadcast it, it's nice to hear the actual motivations behind how and why things are done at the highest levels. While I may not agree with the thinking or like the mores of the times it is compelling to read about.

    This book contains transcripts of tapes recorded by Lyndon Johnson during the years 1964-1965. The subject matter is interesting enough, but presented with far more detail than I wanted to plow through.

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