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Lyndon B. Johnson / Charles Peters.

By: Peters, Charles, 1926-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm)): Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: xviii, 199 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780805082395; 0805082395.Subject(s): Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Presidents -- United States -- Biography | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989
Contents:
Early life -- Mr. Johnson comes to Washington -- Trying for the Senate -- The art of the possible -- Running second -- A winning year -- The great society -- Escalation -- A cultural revolution -- Going home.
Summary: Documents the 36th president's term in office and the legacy of his achievements, revealing the insights he gained while serving in the Senate and throughout the Kennedy-Johnson administration and discussing how factors including the Vietnam War drove him from office.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Early life -- Mr. Johnson comes to Washington -- Trying for the Senate -- The art of the possible -- Running second -- A winning year -- The great society -- Escalation -- A cultural revolution -- Going home.

Documents the 36th president's term in office and the legacy of his achievements, revealing the insights he gained while serving in the Senate and throughout the Kennedy-Johnson administration and discussing how factors including the Vietnam War drove him from office.

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Library Journal Review

Peters (founder, Washington Monthly; Five Days in Philadelphia) served as a Peace Corps administrator during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He draws on his experiences to provide insight as he sketches the life and times of Lyndon Johnson (1908-73), relying mostly on standard Johnson biographies. Peters describes Johnson's Texas childhood, his years in Congress, his frustrating years as Kennedy's vice president, and the triumphs and failures of his presidency (1963-68). The author identifies LBJ's successes (civil rights legislation and his Great Society domestic programs) as well as his failures (an abusive temper and escalating the Vietnam War) and concludes that Johnson's mixed legacy will be a subject for ongoing historical interpretation. VERDICT This book is aimed at general readers who want a brief account of this controversial President but don't want to delve into such excellent biographies as Robert Caro's three-volume (and counting) The Years of Lyndon Johnson and Robert Dallek's two-volume Lyndon Johnson and His Times. Its intended audience will not be disappointed with this fast-moving story.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Township Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p> Charles Peters is the author of Five Days in Philadelphia and How Washington Really Works , among other books. He is the founder of The Washington Monthly , that he edited for thirty-two years, following a career in politics and government which included serving in the West Virginia legislature, working on John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign, and helping to launch the Peace Corps. He lives in Washington, D.C.</p>

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