Taking Charge by Michael R. Beschloss audiobook

Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes 1963–1964

Edited and with commentary by Michael R. Beschloss
Read by Michael R. Beschloss

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.20 Hours 1
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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 power such as we have never had before -- 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 revolutionaly 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 we 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."

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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 power such as we have never had before -- 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 revolutionaly 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 we 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."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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…An invaluable study in the psychology of power and as a unique historical document.” Library Journal
“Taking Charge gives us an incomparable picture of the character and style of one of the most remarkable personalities ever to inhabit the Presidency.” The New York Times Book Review 
“Compelling…as expertly selected, edited, and footnoted by Beschloss, the conversations form a fascinating record of the first nine months of Johnson's administration, providing new insights into his character and a revealing look at the day-to-day workings of his presidency and the crucial decisions he would make on Vietnam and civil rights.” The New York Times 
“When it comes to sheer marvelous history, Taking Charge is unbeatable.” The Wall Street Journal 
“An extraordinary study of one of the more extraordinary characters in American history. Johnson the man is brought vividly to life in Taking Charge.” Chicago Sun Times 

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Author Bio: Michael R. Beschloss

Author Bio: Michael R. Beschloss

Michael R. Beschloss has been called “the nation’s leading presidential historian” by Newsweek.  He has written numerous books on American presidents and is a contributor to PBS’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He received an Emmy Award in 2005 for his work on the Discovery Channel’s Decisions That Shook the World. As a public speaker, Beschloss has made appearances at a number of colleges, universities, and presidential libraries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two sons.  

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English