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LBJ's 1968

Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval
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Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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1968 was an unprecedented year in terms of upheaval on numerous scales: political, military, economic, social, cultural. In the United States, perhaps no one was more undone by the events of 1968 than President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Kyle Longley leads his listeners on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the 'year of a continuous nightmare'. Longley explores how LBJ perceived the most significant events of 1968, including the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the violent Democratic National Convention in Chicago. His responses to the crises were sometimes effective but often tragic, and LBJ's refusal to seek re-election underscores his recognition of the challenges facing the country in 1968.   

As much a biography of a single year as it is of LBJ, LBJ's 1968 vividly captures the tumult that dominated the headlines on a local and global level.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Kyle Longley (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 13-04-19

Interesting view of an historic year.

Very interesting perspective of a fascinating year in our history. Enjoyable stories. Well written. Worth the time.

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  • charles wartelle
  • 17-05-19

Worst year in my lifetime - LBJ tragedy of his own making - but not according to this Author.

At one time in his career LBJ was a ruthless but highly practical and effective retail politician. By 1968 he had become a frenetic, self destructive utopian. Like all utopian thinkers, he believed that the nobility of his purposes was an end in itself. The scope and breadth of his failure bought us as close to calamity as any time since the Civil War.

The whole recounting of the alleged “treason” of the Nixon campaign and Madame Chennault is ludicrous. Kennedy and Johnson got us in to Vietnam with no concept of a goal or an end game, and by 1968 it was killing nearly 1000 young me a week, but according to this author it was Nixon who prevented peace when LBJ halted the bombing 5 days before the election.

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