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Reaching for Glory

Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-65
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I feel sorry for those who read Michael Beschloss' book. After all, those of us who listened got to hear LBJ's cajoling, pleading, demanding voice. We also heard Jackie, Ike, Lady Bird, Martin Luther King and many others as they demurred, agreed or daringly differed with the boss. Anybody who's interested in Vietnam, civil rights, or presidential power - or who wants to improve his or her persuasion skills - will enjoy this program as much as I did. (Beth A.)


As Reaching for Glory opens, LBJ is campaigning for the greatest presidential landslide in history. To win, he hands embarrassing secrets about Barry Goldwater to friendly reporters. When Johnson's closest aide is arrested in a sex scandal, he tries to keep it from exploding before the election.

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.

Hear more recordings of presidential phone calls with the American RadioWorks documentary, White House Tapes: The President Calling.
©2001 Michael R. Beschloss, Alll Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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