Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House

Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House

Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65 [Reading] ➹ Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65 By Michael R. Beschloss – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Transcribing, editing, and explaining the most powerful moments from hundreds of hours of newly released LBJ tapes, Michael Beschloss has added another lasting treasure to the American historical reco Transcribing, editing, and explaining the Glory: Lyndon ePUB ☆ most powerful moments from hundreds of hours of newly released LBJ tapes, Michael Beschloss has added another lasting treasure to the American historical record Reaching for Glory exposes the inner workings of the Johnson presidency from the summer ofthrough the summer ofFrom behind the scenes, you will hear Johnson pulling Reaching for ePUB ↠ the strings of his presidential campaign against Barry Goldwater and pursuing his feud with the new senator Robert Kennedy He agonizes over Martin Luther King, Jr and the bloody march on Selma, Alabama, and twists arms on Capitol Hill to pass voting rights, Medicare, and basic laws than any American president before or since Above all, for Glory: Lyndon Epub à you will hear him sending young Americans off to Vietnam while privately insisting that the war can never be won Winding Johnson s voice and exclusive excerpts from Lady Bird Johnson s private diaries into a gripping narrative, Michael Beschloss provides context and historical insights, showing how profoundly LBJ changed the presidency and the country Reaching for Glory allows us to live at Lyndon Johnson s side, day by day, through the dramatic, triumphant, and catastrophic year of a turbulent presidency that continues to affect us all.


10 thoughts on “Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes 1964-65

  1. Lobstergirl Lobstergirl says:

    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 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 crisis in the Dominican Republic Beschloss s criteria for selecting a conversation to include was whether it added anything of historical importance to our knowledge of LBJ, or showed us an unseen facet of the president or those close to him.There s an entire chapter on the Walter Jenkins sex scandal Jenkins was perhaps LBJ s closest aide, a Catholic, married with six children, and had been caught giving oral sex to a YMCA employee in a basement bathroom of the D.C YMCA It happened in 1964, and LBJ was terrified that it would affect his election prospects It didn t a privately conducted poll showed that most Americans didn t care LBJ fussed and fretted on numerous phone conversations as Jenkins convalesced in a hospital, the public reason given as nervous exhaustion, before resigning Jenkins wife was furious and maintained it was completely out of character for her husband and that he had been entrapped, although it turned out he had a previous arrest for precisely the same thing, in precisely the same location What was pleasant about the story was how LBJ vowed that when he got out of office he was going to give a big hug to Jenkins, and how Lady Bird felt terrible for the family and vowed to give Jenkins some kind of accounting position managing the Johnsons personal accounts And evangelist Billy Graham, presumably not knowing he was being recorded, was full of compassion You know, when Jesus dealt with people with moral problems, like dear Walter had and I was telling Bill I wanted to send my love and sympathy to himhe always dealt tenderly Always.I know the weaknesses of men, and the Bible says we re all sinnersand I just hope if you have any contact with him, you ll just give him my love and understanding There s his touching friendship with former president Harry Truman, going back 30 years, and the two men s obvious fondness for each other LBJ also respected Dwight Eisenhower, the former Republican president, and sought advice from him.Of course, there s the creepy command to the newly widowed Jackie Kennedy Give Caroline and John John a hug for me.Tell them I d like to be their daddy Jackie s response I will But mostly I ended up liking Johnsonafter reading these conversations With the caveat that he knew he was being recorded, and had the option to leave any unflattering things unsaid or said before or after the recording button was pushed Here he is wanting to give a job to Patricia Roberts Harris, a black law professor at Howard University Why don t we make her Ambassador to Luxembourg.These women I want to move them up Women and Nigroes Beschloss varies the spelling between Negroes and Nigroes depending on Johnson s pronunciation Dean Rusk If she were our deputy legal adviser, she d do a lotwork and behelp to us thanas Ambassador to Luxembourg LBJ Yes, but it wouldn t have the honor and the standing and the status and the glory that all the Nigroes want and the women.I don t want to send her to Jamaica, but I want to send her to some Scandinavian country or Luxembourg, or something like that She did go to Luxembourg as America s first black woman Ambassador LBJ wanted to appoint African Americans to high positions in his administration He called Thurgood Marshall at that time an Appeals Court judge and said, I want you to be my Solicitor General Wow said Marshall LBJ continued, I want you to do it for two or three reasons One, I want the top lawyerrepresenting me before the Supreme Court to be a Negro, and to be a damn good lawyer that s done it beforeNumber two, I think it will do a lot for our image abroad and at homeNumber three, I want you tobe in the pictureI don t want to make any other commitments I don t want to imply or bribe or mislead you, but I want you to have the training and experience of being there at the Supreme Court day after day..I want to do this job that Lincoln started, and I want to do it the right way.I want to be the first President that really goes all the way And of course LBJ did appoint Marshall to the Supreme Court a year after this conversation, in 1966, after Marshall had gained the Solicitor General experience It s nice to see LBJ telling Marshall that he s doing this because he values Marshall s expertise, and for image reasons Marshall would know this anyway, but the honesty is appealing.Finally, Beschloss includes some tapes LBJ had made in recording thoughts for his memoir Here he is on JFK Kennedy was pathetic as a Congressman and as a Senator He didn t know how to address the chair Speak on the Senate floor On Bobby Kennedy I thought I was dealing with a child I never did understand Bobby I never did understand how the press built him into the great figure that he was As JFK s vice president, LBJ would sometimes get elbowed out by Bobby JFK asked me to do things, I m sure, Bobby didn t approveOn civil rights, I recommended to the President that no savings and loan associationcould continue if they did not make loans for open housing Bobby called and said, What are you trying to do Defeat the President On the Secret Service Not all the Secret Service are sharp It s always worried me that they weren t They are the most dedicated and among the most courageous men we ve got But they don t always match that in brains But the problem is, you pay a man four or five hundred dollars a month and you get just what you pay for LBJ exempted his own agent, Rufus Youngblood, from this description he found Youngblood tougher andintelligent than the others It was he who had prostrated himself over LBJ at the moment of JFK s assassination On bigots The greatest bigots in the world are the Democrats on the East Side of New York Errata in the cast of characters at the end of the book, Bill Moyers birth year is given as 1919 Of course, it was 1934


  2. Neil Pierson Neil Pierson says:

    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 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 presidents, there is no such thing.He was a man of huge, unresolved and painful contradictions Forceful to the point of brutality in getting his way, yet wounded by every word of criticism from any corner A southerner through and through, yet sincerely and completely committed to the end of segregation and to civil rights The list goes on and on.If you want to know how we got entangled in Vietnam, you don t have to read some 1200 page tome Just listen to Johnson s tape recorded phone calls as he agonizes over every step deeper into the Big Muddy He inherited the U.S commitment to Vietnam, but he knew we would not win a war there His choice was to either be the president who pursued a hopeless war, sending thousands of young Americans to die in Asia or to be the president who broke U.S treaties, retreated from aggression, and lost Indochina to the Communists.Faced with that choice, he relied on magical thinking, liberally laced with paranoia He tried to convince himself and us that if we made things difficult enough for the North Vietnamese, they would stop meddling in the affairs of their southern neighbor The trouble was, North Vietnam never saw the south as a neighbor It was all one country, and the meddlers were the U.S.It leaves you wondering what would have happened if he had taken the advice of one elderly senator during the merry go round of U.S puppet governments in Saigon Install a government that would ask us to go home.The first book of taped transcripts, Taking Charge, is also excellent


  3. Terry Terry says:

    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 muchAnd this proved a lotinteresting 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 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 muchAnd this proved a lotinteresting 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 Southern constituency and how he agonized over Vietnam He was terrified of going down in history as the president who lost a war or who lost the Dominican Republic to Castro It s easy to forget now just how threatening communism was in the 1960s and how little room for maneuver politicians had in foreign policy Conversations about the Walter Jenkins scandal top level presidential aide caught having sex with a man at the DC YMCA are a reminder of how homosexuality was viewed in that era Also revelatory was how obsequious and deferential Johnson s top advisers and cabinet secretaries were clearly unwilling to disagree with the boss even when they knew better I was among the anti Johnson, anti war throngs of the era and rejoiced when he declined to run for re election in 1968 we got Nixon instead but Reaching for Glory reminded me of the good that he did Medicare, civil rights and made mesympathetic and understanding of his foreign policy decisions


  4. Dave Gaston Dave Gaston says:

    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 intimate r 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 intimate running of the White House as we do in this collection thanks to the Nixon Tape snafu Lady Bird is there in full glory, Martin Luther King and the Southern black movement Jacq, Jack and Ted Kennedy jockey for position in the wake of John s death Mac s Vietnam is contemplated, launched and promptly mismanaged The list goes on and on It will change your vantage of Johnson to the positive Powerful stuff


  5. Sgilbert Sgilbert says:

    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 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 will have to listen to read the other books in this series


  6. Tom Schulte Tom Schulte says:

    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.


  7. Tommy Kiedis Tommy Kiedis says:

    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 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 the time , and the Appendix some of Johnon s ramblings from 1969 as he reflected on his time in the Oval Office Unfortunately, the Audible version is abridged only so one who would follow both the written and audible versions will have their work cut out for them That said, it was worth all the time to follow both, which I did


  8. Patrick Barry Patrick Barry says:

    Transcripts from the Johnson White House with commentary by the author Good stuff for the history buff


  9. Tom Morgan Tom Morgan says:

    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 s of the times it is compelling to read about.


  10. Frederick Bingham Frederick Bingham says:

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


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