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LBJ’s War: Trailer – Welcome to LBJ’s War

29/06/2022

About: LBJ’s War is a documentary in oral history form, constructed from secretly taped White House phone calls and rare archival interviews with those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. We recommend listening in order, starting at the beginning.

Sarah Lawson – The New Yorker – September 06,2017 “LBJ’s War” Lets Us Eavesdrop on a President’s Mighty Fall

“An assassin’s bullet has thrust upon me the awesome burden of the Presidency,” we hear Lyndon B. Johnson say in the trailer for the new podcast “LBJ’s War,” in a clip from November 28, 1963. Johnson was addressing a joint session of Congress, six days after the death of John F. Kennedy. He sounds sombre, solemn, humble, capable—aware of history and his place in it. Later, in a clip from his 1965 Voting Rights Act speech to Congress, we hear Johnson say, with similar gravitas, “I want to be the President who helped to end war among the brothers of this earth.” In its six episodes, “LBJ’s War” shows us Johnson’s public persona and, in audio clips, another side, which many of us know only from biographies. MORE AT LINK

Larson’s article is well worth reading

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