The triumph & tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: the White House years

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Simon & Schuster, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 398 pages
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In this classic portrait of LBJ, Joseph A. Califano reveals the giant at close hand. Califano captures his mentor's lively, irascible spirit as he puts us in the White House alongside LBJ during the trauma of the Vietnam War and the creation of the Great Society. A new afterword draws on the insights offered by tapes released by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library after the book's original publication to provide further perspective for the complex picture Califano has drawn.

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Califano, President Johnson's special assistant for domestic affairs from 1965 to 1969, remembers Johnson as a driven, obsessive, yet compassionate leader, similarly described in Robert Dallek's ... Read full review


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Joseph Anthony Califano, Jr. is the Chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. He served as United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Jimmy Carter. Califano graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 1952 and from Harvard Law School in 1955. Califano has written several books, including: The Student Revolution: A Global Confrontation, A Presidential Nation, Governing America: An Insider's Report from the White House and the Cabinet, The 1982 Report on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, America's Health Care Revolution: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Pays, The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years, Radical Surgery: What's Next for America's Health Care, and How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.

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