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This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972. In this reissue, Harry McPherson adds a new preface in which he reflects on changes in Washington since the Johnson era and on the lessons This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972. In this reissue, Harry McPherson adds a new preface in which he reflects on changes in Washington since the Johnson era and on the lessons Bill Clinton could learn from the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.


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This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972. In this reissue, Harry McPherson adds a new preface in which he reflects on changes in Washington since the Johnson era and on the lessons This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972. In this reissue, Harry McPherson adds a new preface in which he reflects on changes in Washington since the Johnson era and on the lessons Bill Clinton could learn from the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.

42 review for A Political Education: A Washington Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Harry McPherson came to Washington in 1956 and worked for the Democrats in the Senate under LBJ and briefly Mike Mansfield, in brief stints in the Defense and State Departments and then in the White House for LBJ. This book is his memoir of those experiences in government and politics. I searched for this book (which is out of print) because I had read somewhere that it is one of the great works on contemporary politics. I can't vouch for that, but it certainly is an interesting and informative m Harry McPherson came to Washington in 1956 and worked for the Democrats in the Senate under LBJ and briefly Mike Mansfield, in brief stints in the Defense and State Departments and then in the White House for LBJ. This book is his memoir of those experiences in government and politics. I searched for this book (which is out of print) because I had read somewhere that it is one of the great works on contemporary politics. I can't vouch for that, but it certainly is an interesting and informative memoir. McPherson provides some real insights into the workings of the Senate (at least in terms of how it was in the second half of the '50's) as well as one viewpoint (certainly not the only one) of LBJ's decision to halt the bombing of North Vietnam as a prelude to a negotiation process. The LBJ Vietnman issue, which McPherson sees as a real tragedy, is particularly interesting when viewed in comparison to the Bush II administration dealing with the current dilemma of Iraq. McPherson shows LBJ taking counsel from a range of "wise old men", members of Congress, academics, experts in the region and others and gradually coming to the conclusion that a course reversal was required. It's unfortunate, to put it mildly, that the current administration does not have the intellect or will to do anything like that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Kwok

    As mentioned by the other reviews, this is a pretty interesting book/memoir about his time working in government from 1956 until LBJ left office in 1969. If you happen to have an interest in the politics of this era or wanted to understand what it was like to work for LBJ, this is a good book for you and contains many practical political advice.

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