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Taking Charge by Michael Beschloss

Taking Charge

The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964

by Michael Beschloss

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Abridged Edition
Running Time
6 Hrs.


Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

The only President to record his private conversations from his first day in office, LBJ ordered these tapes locked in a vault until at least the year 2023. But now they have been unsealed, providing a close-up look at a President taking power such as we have never had before -- from John F. Kennedy's murder in November 1963 to Johnson's campaign for a landslide victory.

"Taking Charge" is filled with revelations about the full-blooded Texan behind the public image. You will hear LBJ:

* Revealing his self-doubts and personal anguish over the responsibilities of the presidency

* Receiving the frank criticism of his wife, Lady Bird Johnson

* Staking his presidency on a revolutionaly civil rights bill

* Scuttling Robert Kennedy's drive to be his Vice President

* Using the Tonkin Gulf attack to expand the American beachhead in Southeast Asia

* Unveiling his private, tortured early doubts that we could ever win a war in Vietnam

"Taking Charge" gives us an unprecedented look into a crucial presidency that continues to shape our lives today. In LBJ's own words, it is history "with the bark off."

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  • Published: October 2001
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T021053
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