White House operations : the Johnson presidency /
by Emmette S. Redford and Richard T. McCulley.
1st ed. --
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1986.
xii, 247 p. --
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Austin : University of Texas Press, 1986.
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-11:
Redford (University of Texas), author of numerous works dealing with the politics of government, and McCulley (Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs) have jointly produced a major work that examines the role of White House aides during the Johnson years. The aides, described here as the ``subpresidency,'' include those who served on a continuing, formal basis as well as those close to LBJ on a personal, ad hoc basis. These people assisted the president at various levels and had much to do with the policy and programs of that administration. This book, one of a planned series, examines a facet of the Johnson administration in far more detail than has been accomplished for any other president. Rich in detail, fully researched and scholarly, yet warmly human, it deals with people in close proximity to the leader of the nation. No chronicle of a handful of cronies, but a deeply researched analysis of 500 or more individuals who served Johnson. Single-minded devotion to the man or the office did not characterize very many of them, and few of the 50 top aides stayed the course-only a dozen or so. The authors examine past proposals to revamp, reduce, or change the system, and they suggest caution. Notes; index; appendixes. Highly recommended.-S.L. Harrison, University of Miami, Fla.
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