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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Unedited Piece of History
Johnson's recorded conversations provide some important insight into this turbulent period in history. LBJ's selection of the Warren Commission to apparently chose individuals who would support the lone gunman theory so that the issue could be closed quickly and the crisis resolved. And he admits that he himself did not agree with some of the conclusions of the...
Am 2. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht

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2.0 von 5 Sternen not the best of the recent LBJ/RFK/JFK/White House books
Recent months have seen the publication of a spate of books regarding presidential politics in the turbulent decade that was the 1960s. Taking Charge, The Kennedy Tapes, Shadow Play, LBJ's War, Kennedy and Nixon, The Walls of Jericho, The Living and the Dead, Guns and Butter, Dereliction of Duty, The Other Missiles of October---all these books offer some insight...
Am 29. Oktober 1997 veröffentlicht


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2.0 von 5 Sternen not the best of the recent LBJ/RFK/JFK/White House books, 29. Oktober 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Recent months have seen the publication of a spate of books regarding presidential politics in the turbulent decade that was the 1960s. Taking Charge, The Kennedy Tapes, Shadow Play, LBJ's War, Kennedy and Nixon, The Walls of Jericho, The Living and the Dead, Guns and Butter, Dereliction of Duty, The Other Missiles of October---all these books offer some insight into the thoughts, beliefs, actions and geopolitical decisions of the men (and they were all men) who ran our country during that difficult and often painful period. Many of them are well-researched, some are well-written, a few (including this one) have become best-sellers, but all of them are missing a vital piece of the puzzle, a flaw which leaves each of them, for all af their research and erudition, strangely unsatisfying and incomplete. This book is equally, infuriatingly, incomplete. Although interesting, it offers a totally one-sided picture of LBJ's early months, much like hearing one end of a telephone conversation---you can glean a lot of infofmation, but without the missing pieces you have no real idea of the overall context and meaning of what you are hearing
One magnificent new book supplies those vital missing piecse and, in doing so, paradoxically renders each of the other books both more valuable and at the same time obsolete----Mutual Contempt, by Jeff Shesol. Shesol's thesis, which he amply substantiates with tapes, documents and personal interviews, is that the feud between RFK and LBJ was pivotal not only in the later stages in their respective political careers, but also in a wide range of policy decisions taken by Johnson, as President. It is both an important piece of historical research and a thoroghly enjoyable read. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the Vietnam War, the Johnson Presidency, the catastrophic results of the Great Society which we are still living with today, or, indeed, the 1960s in general. It should certainly be read in preference to any of the other books mentioned above, including Taking Charge.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Unedited Piece of History, 2. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Johnson's recorded conversations provide some important insight into this turbulent period in history. LBJ's selection of the Warren Commission to apparently chose individuals who would support the lone gunman theory so that the issue could be closed quickly and the crisis resolved. And he admits that he himself did not agree with some of the conclusions of the Commission's findings, like the idea that the same, single bullett that wounded Connally also killed Kennedy.
I am looking forward to more volumes on the LBJ tapes. This book covers less than one year of the president's time in office. The escalation of the war in Vietnam and what LBJ has to say about it on tape will be interesting to find out.
Author Michael Beschloss does a great job using footnotes to clarify exactly what is being talked about. This is a good read for those who like the "cut and dried" uncensored style of reading. You can't argue with actual spoken words!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Special opportunity to hear history as it actually happened!, 12. Januar 2000
Found this audio tape absolutely mesmerizing. To hear actual conversations related to hisorical events immediately following President Kennedy's assassnation was both fascinating and enlightening. Gave me an entirely new perspective of LBJ, his character and accomplishments. Also an excellent insight into what really goes on behind the scenes in our nation's capital. A strong reminder that what we read and hear via the news media is often 'less than accurate'. For me, this tape debunked many concepts I held related to LBJ and other political figures, especially Robert Kennedy. I was particularly surprised to hear the amount of respect and warm feelings that LBJ and Jackie Kennedy apparently held for each other. I reccomend this book and/or audio tape to anyone interested in better understanding the nature of our political system. A real eye opener for me. I will never accept the images that our news medial creates about our political leaders again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Book's a knockout; tape's even better., 16. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I imagine folks' response to this book/tape will be dependent on their age, how well they remember the days depicted. I remember them well, found both the book and the less
comprehensive tape to be excellent. This is
The Good Lyndon at his best - when the
'threat' of the impending 1964 election kept
him (relatively) honest. No taking it away from
the man, he was one awesome character, one
who *filled* the space he occupied.

Vietnam moments in these conversations -
esp. those in the tape version, which gives the
feel of being a wiretapper on the president's
private line - are heart-rending. It all mightn't
have happened. Johnson foresaw the
consequnces of escalating the war, and yet
he proceeded. We'll have to await Beschloss's
*next* book/tape to understand why.

A great read and an even better listen. Pick up
the tape version for drive-time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fly on the Wall in the Oval Office, 17. Oktober 1997
Von Ein Kunde
This book's release is incredibly timely, eerily so. At a time when one southern president, charming and outgoing, becomes undone by taping of oval office events, here comes Michael Beschloss' razor sharp edited transcripts of Lyndon B. Johnson's White House conversations and meetings. Unlike Clinton, however, LBJ was not afraid to let it all hang out, both figuratively and literally. He said what was on his mind, political correctness be damned. Reading this book is absolutely fascinating... it is like hiding behind one of the curtains in the oval office. This book is also an antidote to the one-sided characterizations of Johnson in many biographies (Caro) as a madman. He certainly emerges as a multifaceted personality in these pages, and is a much more sympathetic character than you might believe.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An outstanding work of history and commentary, 22. Januar 1998
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I was 3 when Lyndon Johnson came to power, so my only memories of him were of his decision not to run in 1968 and his historical villification for Vietnam. This book puts an incredibly human face on a very complex, manipulative man. It has a couple of slow spots and does not offer anything earth shattering about Johnson; yet, it does keep your attention from start to finish as you literally watch a President operating from day to day in unedited mode. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Voyeur's delight, 16. Dezember 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Interesting book for the voyeur in us all. LBJ was a fascinating man who showed with absolute clarity how a man with the best of intentions can yet so abysmally fail.
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