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LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

Kyle Longley (Arizona State University)

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Cambridge University Press
23 January 2020
History; History of the Americas; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
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 readers 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.
By:   Kyle Longley (Arizona State University)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781316643471
ISBN 10:   1316643476
Pages:   374
Publication Date:   23 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous books, including In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America (2002), Senator Albert Gore, Sr. (2004), and The Morenci Marines: A Tale of a Small Town and the Vietnam War (2015).

Reviews for LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

'Countless historians have picked apart 1968, but Kyle Longley is the first to go inside the head of the man who, more than anyone else, defined that year - and with a style and precision that somehow makes an account of a terrible time a joy to read.' Clay Risen, The New York Times '1968 was a turbulent year in our country and a year when President Lyndon Johnson encountered what seemed like an endless series of crises. Kyle Longley has depicted the tone of the times and captured the dilemmas and decisions of LBJ in this compelling book that should be read by any student of that eventful year.' Larry Temple, Special Counsel to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation 'Like King Lear, Lyndon Johnson gave away his power before the end of the play. Kyle Longley's Texas-size epic reveals the tragedy, comedy, pathos, and heroism in the extraordinary events that followed that fateful year, 1968, as seen through the eyes of an American giant.' Elizabeth Cobbs, author of American Umpire 'From the Pueblo crisis to the Chennault affair, 1968 was a year like no other, and Kyle Longley's fast-paced, richly detailed narrative splendidly captures the ups - and mostly downs - from the vantage point of LBJ's White House.' George C. Herring, author of The American Century and Beyond 'Kyle Longley has penned a vivid and insightful portrait of one of the most tumultuous and significant years in American history.' Randall B. Woods, University of Arkansas 'Kyle Longley offers an insightful portrayal of arguably the most complex American president of the Cold War era. What emerges is a fresh appraisal of Lyndon Johnson, a tragic figure contesting the forces of history. In an innovative biographical approach, Longley takes us inside LBJ's White House during the tumultuous year of 1968. An outstanding work by a master storyteller.' Gregory A. Daddis, Chapman University, California 'Perceptive and unflinching.' Tim Stanley, Literary Review 'Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, LBJ's 1968 is an impressively informative work of outstanding scholarship and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century American History and Political Science collections.' Midwest Book Review 'The year 1968 is ancient history to some; to others it seems like only yesterday. It was LBJ's last year as president, and he was visited by trauma after trauma - the Pueblo crisis, the Prague Spring, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy, urban burning and looting, an antiwar movement, a political uprising by Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy challenging his renomination, and so much more ... With little relief from the daily tedium of the events of that year, 1968 was one darn thing after another. Longley describes it all well ... Recommended.' P. D. Travis, Choice 'Countless historians have picked apart 1968, but Kyle Longley is the first to go inside the head of the man who, more than anyone else, defined that year - and with a style and precision that somehow makes an account of a terrible time a joy to read.' Clay Risen, The New York Times '1968 was a turbulent year in our country and a year when President Lyndon Johnson encountered what seemed like an endless series of crises. Kyle Longley has depicted the tone of the times and captured the dilemmas and decisions of LBJ in this compelling book that should be read by any student of that eventful year.' Larry Temple, Special Counsel to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation 'Like King Lear, Lyndon Johnson gave away his power before the end of the play. Kyle Longley's Texas-size epic reveals the tragedy, comedy, pathos, and heroism in the extraordinary events that followed that fateful year, 1968, as seen through the eyes of an American giant.' Elizabeth Cobbs, author of American Umpire 'From the Pueblo crisis to the Chennault affair, 1968 was a year like no other, and Kyle Longley's fast-paced, richly detailed narrative splendidly captures the ups - and mostly downs - from the vantage point of LBJ's White House.' George C. Herring, author of The American Century and Beyond 'Kyle Longley has penned a vivid and insightful portrait of one of the most tumultuous and significant years in American history.' Randall B. Woods, University of Arkansas 'Kyle Longley offers an insightful portrayal of arguably the most complex American president of the Cold War era. What emerges is a fresh appraisal of Lyndon Johnson, a tragic figure contesting the forces of history. In an innovative biographical approach, Longley takes us inside LBJ's White House during the tumultuous year of 1968. An outstanding work by a master storyteller.' Gregory A. Daddis, Chapman University, California 'Perceptive and unflinching.' Tim Stanley, Literary Review 'Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, LBJ's 1968 is an impressively informative work of outstanding scholarship and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century American History and Political Science collections.' Midwest Book Review 'The year 1968 is ancient history to some; to others it seems like only yesterday. It was LBJ's last year as president, and he was visited by trauma after trauma - the Pueblo crisis, the Prague Spring, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy, urban burning and looting, an antiwar movement, a political uprising by Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy challenging his renomination, and so much more ... With little relief from the daily tedium of the events of that year, 1968 was one darn thing after another. Longley describes it all well ... Recommended.' P. D. Travis, Choice


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