LAUNCHING LBJ: HOW A KENNEDY INSIDER HELPED DEFINE JOHNSON'S PRESIDENCY by Helen O'Donnell
Launching LBJ: How a Kennedy Insider Helped Define Johnson's Presidency by Helen O'Donnell
Kenneth P. O'Donnell, a member of John F. Kennedy's so-called "Irish Mafia," was JFK's chief of staff, right-hand man, and one of his most loyal friends. O'Donnell was with Jack Kennedy through his entire time in office, and he was on Air Force One in Dallas, at Jacqueline Kennedy's side, as Lyndon Johnson was sworn in.
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, LBJ asked Ken O'Donnell to stay on and work with him through the first nine months of his administration, to help the country transition and heal, and to help Johnson set his own agenda for his presidency. Although they were political adversaries, they developed a mutually respectful rapport, and Ken helped LBJ find his voice, starting with his work in voting rights and developing the civil rights agenda.
Ken O'Donnell was a prolific diarist and notetaker, and in Launching LBJ, his daughter Helen, a respected historian and journalist in her own right, takes her father's journals and fills in the gaps to create an unprecedented inside look at the early days of President Lyndon Johnson's administration.
Skyhorse Publishing, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 2018
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