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 unprecedented power, 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 revolutionary 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 the US 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".
"These secretly recorded conversations between President Lyndon Johnson and members of his family, his staff, and the troubled nation he was governing constitute one of the most exciting audio programs of the decade, invaluable to anyone who is interested in history, politics, or the workings of human nature." (
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Listening-in to history being made
- Mr. J. Scholefield
Insight into presidential communications
The audio version is a must as you get an added insight into tone and emotion that you can't get with print.
Only problem is it is rather hard to understand the beginning due to quality of the recordings themselves.
- Filip Matous