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Author: Joshua Zeitz Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9780525529996
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The author of Lincoln's Boys takes us inside the LBJ White House to show how the legendary Great Society programs were actually enacted--the very programs that defined modern America, and are now under seige. What it took to make them work, and what we'll lose if they are dismantled.

LBJ 's towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are famous: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Headstart, Medicaid, etc. But what happened after the bills passed? One man could not and did not go it alone. Joshua Zeitz reanimates the creative and contentious atmosphere inside that White House as a talented and energetic group of advisers made LBJ's vision a reality. They desegregated public and private institutions throughout one third of the United States; built Medicare and Medicaid from the ground up in one year; created federal funding for public education; provided food support for millions of poor children and adults; and launched public television and radio, all in the space of five years, even as Vietnam strained the administration's credibility and budget.

Bill Moyers, Jack Valenti, Joe Califano, and Harry McPherson were men as pragmatic and ambitious as Johnson, skilled in the art of throwing a sharp elbow or building infrastructure. Upward to the Great Society is the story of how one of the most competent White House staffs in American history fundamentally changed everyday life for millions of Americans and forged a legacy of compassionate and interventionist government. Download and start listening now!


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About the Author

Joshua Zeitz has taught American history and politics at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He is the author of several books on American political and social history and has written for the New York TimesWashington PostNew RepublicAtlanticDissent, and American Heritage.  A former congressional campaign aide and gubernatorial policy advisor and speechwriter, Zeitz lives with his wife and daughter in Hoboken and Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.