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Lyndon B. Johnson

This three-part series will tell the story of the life and times of one of the most colorful and complicated men ever to step onto the American political stage, Lyndon Baines Johnson. He was charming, brilliant, insightful, warm and generous, but hew as also combative, ruthless, manipulative and insecure. A natural politician with finely honed instincts and boundless talent, Johnson was driven by an outsized ambition for himself and for his country. 

His rise was meteoric — congressional aide, congressman, senator, Senate Majority Leader, Vice President. When he was thrust into the presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson employed his legendary powers of persuasion and expended much of his political capital to bring about what he called "the Great Society." He ensured the passage of landmark civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights act, antipoverty programs, Medicare, and a host of other programs that he believed would make America a more equitable, just, and moral nation. 

But for all of his triumphs at home, Johnson was ultimately trapped by a conflagration on the other side of the world that he hadn't started and didn't know how to end — the war in Vietnam. In 1968, with the nation reeling from the shock of the Tet Offensive, Johnson decided not to seek another term, and retired from public life. He died on his Texas ranch a few years later. This min-series will be an intimate new look at a larger than life character whose story is an American tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

 

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