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Stretching from November 1963 to January 1969, the administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson was marked both by division and tumult and by significant accomplishments. In this volume, Robert Divine has brought together seven senior scholars who, in new essays, explore aspects of domestic and foreign policy during the Johnson years. This collection is a sequel to Divines earlier volume (originally published as Exploring the Johnson Years). The seven essays that compose Volume Two, together with Divine’s incisive and perceptive historiographical overview, offer new insights into Johnson’s complex character and leadership style. The LBJ that emerges from these pages is a very human figure who understands the corrosive, pervasive impact of the Vietnam War on his administration and who struggles to try to preserve the domestic programs he fought so long and hard to achieve. In exploring the antiwar movement, tax and foreign economic policies, environmental and health care questions, and the space program, these essays demonstrate how domestic issues were critically affected by the Vietnam War and provide a fuller understanding of Johnsons vital but flawed legacy to the nation. Description Robert A. Divine is the George W. Littlefield Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a past president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, and his publications include Blowing on the Wind: The Nuclear Test Ban Debate, 1954–1960 and Eisenhower and the Cold War. This Kansas Open Books title is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.



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University Press of Kansas


xii, 268 pp.


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The Johnson Years, Volume Two: Vietnam, the Environment, and Science