Chief of Staff by W. Marvin Watson
Lyndon Johnson and His Presidency

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Chief of Staff to the President is perhaps the most important political appointment in our nation's government. Aside from handling the myriad of day to day details that keep the White House running, the Chief of Staff is often the President's closest confidante and gatekeeper--anyone who wants access to the Oval Office goes through the Chief of Staff.

President Lyndon Johnson bestrode the American political scene as a colossus of energy, ambition, and purpose. He attempted to achieve no less then the total eradication of poverty and expended every last ounce of his political capitol with Congress to pass Civil Rights legislation. And, throughout, he was--as he knew better than anyone else--being destroyed by a war he inherited, detested, and could do nothing to stop.

With Marvin Watson, his Chief of Staff and most intimate adviser, finally revealing what he knows about this extraordinary figure, readers are taken, firsthand, inside the presidential life and times of Lyndon Johnson.

About W. Marvin Watson

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In 1958 W. Marvin Watson created one of the first Johnson-for-President clubs in Texas. As a result of his early work on Johnson's behalf, Watson was appointed a White House special assistant in 1965 and assumed the job of White House chief of staff after Bill Moyers resigned that position in 1966.Sherwin Markman was a special assistant to LBJ until 1968. He went on to work as a senior trial lawyer for Hogan & Hartson until 1992. He is the author of a novel, The Election, and the editor of Lyndon Johnson Remembered: An Intimate Portrait of a President.
Published September 15, 2004 by Thomas Dunne Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(Another bit of dish: Interior Secretary Stewart Udall pulled a minor coup when, in the last few days of LBJ’s presidency, he authorized the naming of Washington’s municipal stadium after RFK.) Though indifferently written (with the help of fellow LBJ staffer Markman), Watson’s memoir shows just ...

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Watson served as chief of staff to President Lyndon Johnson, which would have given him unique access to, and insight into, a controversial president.

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It's bizarre that a councillor would bring forward a motion asking the city manager to explain the departure of a council appointee in-camera to the very council that supposedly made the decision to get rid of him.

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