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Indomitable Will - Lbj in the Presidency

Mark Updegrove

Nearly fifty years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him. Intent on fulfilling the promise of America, Johnson launched a revolution in civil rights, federal aid to education, and health care for the elderly and indigent, and expanded immigration and environ­mental protection. A flurry of landmark laws-he would sign an unparalleled 207 during his five years in office, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Elementary and Second­ary Education Act, Head Start, and Medicare-are testaments to the triumph of his will. His War on Poverty alone brought the U.S. poverty rate down from 20 percent to 12 percent, the biggest one-time drop in American history. As president, he was known for getting things done. At the same time, Johnson's presidency-and the fulfillment of its own promise-was blighted by his escalation of an ill-fated war in Vietnam that tore at the fabric of America and saw the loss of 36,000 U.S. troops by the end of his term. Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove offers an intimate portrait of the endlessly fas­cinating LBJ, his extraordinarily eventful presi­dency, and the turbulent times in which he served. We see Johnson in his many guises and dimen­sions: the virtuoso deal-maker using every inch of his six-foot-three-inch frame to intimidate his subjects, the relentless reformer willing to lose southern Democrats from his party for a generation in his pursuit of civil rights for all Americans, and the embattled commander in chief agonizing over the fate of his "boys" in Vietnam-i

Nearly fifty years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him. Intent on fulfilling the promise of America, Johnson launched a revolution in civil rights, federal aid to education, and health care for the elderly and indigent, and expanded immigration and environ­mental protection. A flurry of landmark laws-he would sign an unparalleled 207 during his five years in office, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Elementary and Second­ary Education Act, Head Start, and Medicare-are testaments to the triumph of his will. His War on Poverty alone brought the U.S. poverty rate down from 20 percent to 12 percent, the biggest one-time drop in American history. As president, he was known for getting things done. At the same time, Johnson's presidency-and the fulfillment of its own promise-was blighted by his escalation of an ill-fated war in Vietnam that tore at the fabric of America and saw the loss of 36,000 U.S. troops by the end of his term. Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove offers an intimate portrait of the endlessly fas­cinating LBJ, his extraordinarily eventful presi­dency, and the turbulent times in which he served. We see Johnson in his many guises and dimen­sions: the virtuoso deal-maker using every inch of his six-foot-three-inch frame to intimidate his subjects, the relentless reformer willing to lose southern Democrats from his party for a generation in his pursuit of civil rights for all Americans, and the embattled commander in chief agonizing over the fate of his "boys" in Vietnam-i
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Nearly fifty years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him. Intent on fulfilling the promise of America, Johnson launched a revolution in civil rights, federal aid to education, and health care for the elderly and indigent, and expanded immigration and environ­mental protection. A flurry of landmark laws-he would sign an unparalleled 207 during his five years in office, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Elementary and Second­ary Education Act, Head Start, and Medicare-are testaments to the triumph of his will. His War on Poverty alone brought the U.S. poverty rate down from 20 percent to 12 percent, the biggest one-time drop in American history. As president, he was known for getting things done. At the same time, Johnson's presidency-and the fulfillment of its own promise-was blighted by his escalation of an ill-fated war in Vietnam that tore at the fabric of America and saw the loss of 36,000 U.S. troops by the end of his term. Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove offers an intimate portrait of the endlessly fas­cinating LBJ, his extraordinarily eventful presi­dency, and the turbulent times in which he served. We see Johnson in his many guises and dimen­sions: the virtuoso deal-maker using every inch of his six-foot-three-inch frame to intimidate his subjects, the relentless reformer willing to lose southern Democrats from his party for a generation in his pursuit of civil rights for all Americans, and the embattled commander in chief agonizing over the fate of his "boys" in Vietnam-i

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael, Dan Woren, Bob Walter, Coleen Marlo

Length:

13h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:55


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:15


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:35


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:35


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:48


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:26


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:40


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:11


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:33


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:49


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:28


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:39


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:25


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:09


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:30


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:07


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:58


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:03


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:50


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:01


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:02


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:38


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:16


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:43


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:30


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:55


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:48


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:15


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:55


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

00:39