The fierce urgency of now : Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the battle for the Great Society (eBook, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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The fierce urgency of now : Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the battle for the Great Society

Author: Julian E Zelizer
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Zelizer takes the full measure of the entire story [of Johnson's liberal agenda] in all its epic sweep. Before Johnson, Kennedy tried and failed to achieve many of these advances. Our practiced understanding is that this was an unprecedented liberal hour in America, a moment, after Kennedy's death, when the seas parted and Johnson could simply stroll through to victory. As Zelizer shows, this view is off-base: in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Lyndon B Johnson; Lyndon B Johnson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian E Zelizer
ISBN: 1322788979 9781322788975 9781101605493 1101605499
OCLC Number: 934817799
Description: 1 online resource (370 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: The challenges of a liberal presidency --
Deadlocked democracy --
New president, same old Congress --
Legislating civil rights --
How Barry Goldwater built the Great Society --
The fabulous Eighty-Ninth Congress --
Congressional conservatism revived --
The triumph of austerity politics --
The endurance of the Great Society.
Responsibility: Julian E. Zelizer.

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"Zelizer takes the full measure of the entire story [of Johnson's liberal agenda] in all its epic sweep. Before Johnson, Kennedy tried and failed to achieve many of these advances. Our practiced understanding is that this was an unprecedented liberal hour in America, a moment, after Kennedy's death, when the seas parted and Johnson could simply stroll through to victory. As Zelizer shows, this view is off-base: in many respects America was even more conservative than it seems now, and Johnson's legislative program faced bitter resistance"--Amazon.com.

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Kirkus:A sort-of-liberal president faces an intransigent, obstructionist Congress: We mean Lyndon Johnson, of course, and the class of 1966. Zelizer, a lucid writer, doesn't need to cherry-pick to Read more...

 
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