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October 2023
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In innumerable ways, we still live in LBJ's America. More than half a century after his death, Lyndon Baines Johnson continues to exert profound influence on American life. This collection skillfully explores his seminal accomplishments—protecting civil rights, fighting poverty, expanding access to medical care, lowering barriers to immigration—as well as his struggles in Vietnam and his difficulty responding to other challenges in an era of declining US influence on the global stage. Sweeping and influential, LBJ's America probes the ways in which the accomplishments, setbacks, controversies and crises of 1963 to 1969 laid the foundations of contemporary America and set the stage for our own era of policy debates, political contention, distrust of government, and hyper-partisanship.


‘Crucial periods in history require regular revisiting. No period in recent American history was more crucial than the 1960s. The contributors to this scintillating volume pair the latest archival research with new perspectives to deliver fresh insight into the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, the man at the center of this pivotal decade.'

H. W. Brands - author of The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

‘The essays that constitute LBJ's America are collectively engrossing and brilliantly conceived. The amount of first-rate scholarship rendered by these esteemed scholars is deeply impressive. Historians Mark Lawrence and Mark Updegrove should be congratulated for advancing Great Society studies a giant leap forward with this enlightened edited volume. Highly recommended!'

Douglas Brinkley - author of Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

‘LBJ's America provides an essential understanding of the profound impact Lyndon Johnson has had on our country. This superb collection of essays by a remarkable array of authors is seamlessly curated by Mark Lawrence and Mark Updegrove. Taken together, the wide-ranging essays provide a distinctive and multi-dimensional portrait of one of the most fascinating and consequential presidents in American history.'

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times

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