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REACHING FOR GLORY Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965

by | Read by Michael Beschloss, Judith Ivey

Biography & Memoir • 6 hrs. • Abridged • © 2001

Traditionalists argue that some books must be read, not listened to. This book must be heard. Lyndon Johnson's words on the page are common; his voice is a revelation. The man could bully and wheedle, but he could also feel and bleed. This true-life audio drama shattered my image of the terrible oaf who backed us into Vietnam. What was most terrible about this man was his vulnerability. When he calls Jacqueline Kennedy "darling," it's right after the assassination, and you can hear the ache in his voice. Beschloss reads the background superbly. Judith Ivey performs Lady Bird's journals with brio. Robert McNamara, Martin Luther King, Jr., and J. Edgar Hoover all play themselves. Especially diverting are Hoover's tips for spotting homosexuals. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 02]



Retail pak • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2001

CS ISBN 0671580027 $26.00 • Four cassettes

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