THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION by James T. Patterson | Kirkus ReviewsBy James T. New York: Basic Books. According to historian James T. Patterson, the Sixties started in the summer of Of course, other writers have tried to pinpoint the beginning of the s before. Patterson acknowledges this fact, but he makes a strong case that in , US political culture truly changed. During the first part of , LBJ managed to introduce a plethora of Great Society laws aimed at defeating poverty and securing civil rights.
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The Eve of Destruction
Thank you! Again, nobody laughed. During a period of unprecedented economic prosperity, Congress enacted transformative legislation covering immigration, employment, voting rights, health care and education. At the same time, Selma, Ala. A baffled Johnson wondered how this was possible. More than anything, the military escalation in Vietnam accounted for the growing unrest. A useful time capsule that explains the social fragmentation, political polarization and tumultuous mood swing of a pivotal year in American history.
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The old Roman Empire had it right. Presidents who are re-elected need a similar reminder. President Reagan and President Clinton survived with their reputations tarnished by Iran Contra and the Lewinsky debacle respectively; in Mr. Watergate destroyed President Nixon. However, no one was so consumed by the hubris of a huge re-election mandate more than Lyndon Johnson after his landslide. President Obama should read this book.