(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.