The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

Version: Unabridged
Author: Joseph a. Califano
Narrator: Norman Dietz
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Public Policy
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: February 2015
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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President Lyndon Johnson was bigger than life-and no one who worked for him or was subjected to the 'Johnson treatment' ever forgot it. As Johnson's 'Deputy President of Domestic Affairs,' Joseph A. Califano's unique relationship with the president greatly enriches our understanding of our thirty-sixth president. Califano shows listeners LBJ's commitment to economic and social revolution, and his willingness to do whatever it took to achieve his goals. He uncorks LBJ's legislative genius and reveals the political guile it took to pass laws in civil rights, poverty, immigration reform, health, education, environmental protection, consumer protection, the arts, and communications.

A no-holds-barred account of Johnson's presidency, The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson is an intimate portrait of a president whose towering ambition for his country and himself reshaped America-and ultimately led to his decision to withdraw from the political arena in which he fought so hard.

Author Details

Author Details

Califano, Joseph a.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., is the author of several books, including How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid and High Society. He served as President Lyndon Johnson's top White House domestic aide from 1965 to 1969 and as secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 to 1979. He is also the founder and chair emeritus of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.