Transcribing, editing, and explaining the most powerful moments from
hundreds of hours of newly released LBJ tapes, Michael Beschloss has
added another lasting treasure to the American historical record. Reaching for Glory exposes the inner workings of the Johnson presidency from the summer of 1964 through the summer of 1965.
From behind the scenes, you will hear Johnson pulling the strings of
his presidential campaign against Barry Goldwater and pursuing his feud
with the new senator Robert Kennedy. He agonizes over Martin Luther
King, Jr., and the bloody march on Selma, Alabama, and twists arms on
Capitol Hill to pass voting rights, Medicare, and more basic laws than
any American president before or since. Above all, you will hear him
sending young Americans off to Vietnam while privately insisting that
the war can never be won.
Winding Johnson’s voice and exclusive
excerpts from Lady Bird Johnson’s private diaries into a gripping
narrative, Michael Beschloss provides context and historical insights,
showing how profoundly LBJ changed the presidency and the country. Reaching for Glory
allows us to live at Lyndon Johnson’s side, day by day, through the
dramatic, triumphant, and catastrophic year of a turbulent presidency
that continues to affect us all. Download and start listening now!