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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Updegrove Narrator: Paul Michael, Dan Woren, Coleen Marlo, Bob Walter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307969996
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Nearly fifty years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him. 
 
Intent on fulfilling the promise of America, Johnson launched a revolution in civil rights, federal aid to education, and health care for the elderly and indigent, and expanded immigration and environ­mental protection. A flurry of landmark laws—he would sign an unparalleled 207 during his five years in office, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Elementary and Second­ary Education Act, Head Start, and Medicare—are testaments to the triumph of his will. His War on Poverty alone brought the U.S. poverty rate down from 20 percent to 12 percent, the biggest one-time drop in American history. As president, he was known for getting things done. 
 
At the same time, Johnson’s presidency—and the fulfillment of its own promise—was blighted by his escalation of an ill-fated war in Vietnam that tore at the fabric of America and saw the loss of 36,000 U.S. troops by the end of his term. 
 
Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove offers an intimate portrait of the endlessly fas­cinating LBJ, his extraordinarily eventful presi­dency, and the turbulent times in which he served. We see Johnson in his many guises and dimen­sions: the virtuoso deal-maker using every inch of his six-foot-three-inch frame to intimidate his subjects, the relentless reformer willing to lose southern Democrats from his party for a generation in his pursuit of civil rights for all Americans, and the embattled commander in chief agonizing over the fate of his “boys” in Vietnam—including his two sons-in-law—yet steadfast in his determination to thwart Communist aggression through war, or an honorable peace.
 
Through original interviews and personal accounts from White House aides and Cabinet members, political allies and foes, and friends and family—from Robert McNamara to Barry Goldwa­ter, Lady Bird Johnson to Jacqueline Kennedy—as well as through Johnson’s own candid reflections and historic White House telephone conversa­tions, Indomitable Will reveals LBJ as never before. “ For it is through firsthand narrative more than anything,” writes Updegrove, “that Lyndon John­son—who teemed with vitality in his sixty-four years and remains enigmatic nearly four decades after his passing—comes to life.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas Franklin | 11/25/2013

    " Seems rather thin after reading the Robert Caro tomes. No new insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Cullison | 9/23/2013

    " If you read no other book about this amazing president, make it this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 5/31/2013

    " Good overview of LBJ as president by the director of his library. Not a lot of examination of Vietnam but highlighting the man and his passion and accomplishments for civil rights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Zagorski | 5/26/2013

    " An interesting read, though not one of the best books on LBJ. I think that Doris Kearns' and Robert Dallek's books were far better. That said, this was interesting in that it provided perspectives from the people around LBJ. Overall a good, not great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Peru | 1/12/2013

    " pretty good oral history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terra | 12/13/2012

    " I didn't know much about LBJ outside of the normal school history classes. I thought this book was interesting and the commentary was well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/24/2012

    " This was an excellent book on the Johnson administration. It was told by various people in and out of his administration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 9/21/2012

    " a remarkable man. the snippets about him from others fills in the picture and paints a portrait of the type of politician we wish we had more of today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Carey | 3/30/2012

    " Got some insight into LBJ from the book but I was not a fan of the format - The author uses extensive quotes from people that interacted with LBJ during specific periods to try and give a picture of who he was. I prefer the narrative approach used by other authors. "

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About the Author

Mark K. Updegrove is the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, in Austin, Texas, and the author of Baptism by Fire, Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency, and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies after the White House. He lives in Austin.

About the Narrators

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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.

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.

Bob Walter is a producer, director, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his work as a music producer and sound effects designer for the movies Halloween, The Little Brave Toaster, and Apocalypse Now. His audiobook narrations include several nonfiction and fiction titles from Hachette, Random House, and HarperCollins, among others.