36.) Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963-1969

[Abridged] Presidential Histories

“There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.” – Lyndon Baines Johnson, March 9, 1965


Lyndon Baines Johnson was thrust into the presidency at a moment of tragedy – the public assassination of his predecessor. With the nation in panic, Congress in deadlock, and Civil Rights seemingly out of reach, the challenges were long, but Johnson used his mastery of the legislative process to overcome all of these challenges. He may have gone down as one of the greats if not for the war that consumed his presidency, the war in Vietnam.

1. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream – Doris Kearns Goodwin
2. The Years of Lyndon Johnson and the Passage of Power – Robert Caro
3. Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency – Mark K Updegrove
4. The Vietnam War – Ken Burns (documentary)
5. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963 – Robert Dallek
6. Richard Nixon: The Life – John Farrell
7. Eisenhower in War and Peace – Jean Edward Smith
8. Gerald Ford – Douglas Brinkley

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