LBJ Aide Joseph A. Califano Jr. Discusses His Book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

Hail to the Chiefs
Joseph A. Califano Jr., Lyndon Johnson’s chief aide for domestic affairs for three and a half years, examines our 36th president – from the burden of Vietnam to his Great Society reforms – in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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6:30 pm
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Lyndon Johnson had the misfortune of following the handsome, martyred John F. Kennedy into the White House and then miring his country in
Vietnam. Driven, compulsive, occasionally crude, he was an easy target for his many critics.

He also was the architect of a lasting economic and social revolution, pushing through Medicare, the Voting Rights Act, and other reforms as part of an ambitious Great Society agenda that reached high tide 50 years ago. Joseph A. Califano Jr., Johnson’s chief aide for domestic affairs from 1965-69 and later Secretary of Health Education and Welfare in the Carter administration, delivers an inside look at our 36th president in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years. The New York Times Book Review says “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory,” while The Washington Post calls it “a joy to read [and] of what anecdotes.”

Co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and made possible by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Wed, 07/01/2015
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LBJ Aide Joseph A. Califano Jr. Discusses His Book<br> <em>The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years</em>

(Kansas City, Missouri) - Lyndon Johnson had the misfortune of following the handsome, martyred John F. Kennedy into the White House and then miring his country in Vietnam. Driven, compulsive, occasionally crude, he was an easy target for his many critics.

He also was the architect of a lasting economic and social revolution, pushing through Medicare, the Voting Rights Act, and other reforms as part of an ambitious Great Society agenda that reached high tide 50 years ago.

Joseph A. Califano Jr., Johnson's chief aide for domestic affairs from 1965-69 and later Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration, delivers an inside look at our 36th president in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The program is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and made possible by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

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