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8115 Interesting point, Christopher. He wanted to be president and he could not reach out and push for full civil rights and get to the White House before 1960. It would be political suicide. I think timing and luck have a lot to say in politics.

I think you can argue 1963-1964 was different as Darman is developing here. LBJ clearly understood that civil rights had to happen, but I think the times and politics before 1964 limited his actions. He played a major role in the water-down 1957 civil rights law, and you could argue that he could only go so far by pushing the southern Democrats.

By 1964, however, the climate changed to his advantage. The Civil Rights movement made further strides, the Democrats had a stronger majority in Congress, and he could work with Midwest and Plains Republicans in a divided GOP. Political scientist Aaron Miller writes about 1964 being unique:

"The point is that it was urgency and crisis that first set the stage and that opened the door so that LBJ could bring the force of his character and his legislative capacity to bear in facilitating the bill's passage." (p. 160)

The End of Greatness  Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President by Aaron David Miller by Aaron David Miller (no photo)
Dec 19, 2014 07:15AM

8115 Ann, Young Stalin is a great book. I started it, but it is dense, so I stopped for awhile. I plan to return to it, though.

Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore by Simon Sebag MontefioreSimon Sebag Montefiore
Dec 19, 2014 07:14AM

8115 Krystal wrote: "I hate waiting for some books. Especially if I read one book and the series and the library takes forever with it's long list of people or whatever the case maybe.(Altho I'd never buy a book for ov..."

I liked this series, Krystal, let us know how you like them.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3) by Suzanne Collins by Suzanne CollinsSuzanne Collins
Dec 19, 2014 07:01AM

8115 Indeed, Daniel, most Latin American countries have been pushing the U.S. to normalize relations. I think it will boost U.S. relations with the countries.
8115 Question:What would JFK think about President Obama's new policy on Cuba? Michael Beschloss mentions in the New York Times that JFK did try a dual track approach by thinking about setting up some back-channels. Do you think this would have been successful? (Here is the link to the NYT article if you did not get a chance to read it:)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/ups...

Thanks.
8115 Justin, some valid points, no doubt. The U.S. will still have to deal with the government and the Cuban military in many things, like China, for instance. Time will tell if this policy will work.

Here is a twist that I did not know: JFK wanted to reach out to Castro before 1964:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/ups...
Dec 19, 2014 06:40AM

8115 Hi Jennilee. Six kids, wow, bravo, on running the household and having time to read.

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Dec 19, 2014 06:39AM

8115 Welcome, Darcy. You are steeped into U.S. Civil War, aren't you? That is great.

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Dec 18, 2014 01:24PM

8115 This book set the tone for studying leadership, including presidential leadership:

Leadership

Leadership by James MacGregor Burns by James MacGregor Burns (no photo)

Synopsis

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James MacGregor Burns devoted his legendary career to the study of leadership in all its aspects—from politics to business. Leadership, Burns's pioneering study, introduces the highly influential theory of "transformational leadership," stating that the best leaders are those who inspire others to come together toward the achievement of higher aims. Featuring fascinating case studies drawn from history, Leadership is the classic text for anyone seeking to understand executive decision-making, the dynamics of influence, and moral leadership.
Dec 18, 2014 01:20PM

8115 And thanks for joining me, Jill.
Dec 18, 2014 10:38AM

8115 Welcome, Miranda. We have topics on British Monarchs:

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Dec 18, 2014 07:47AM

8115 Exactly, Bentley, it is the Holocaust that leaves such a long shadow.

Can or should we reach a point that enough sites are saved, museums opened, and survivor accounts recorded, etc. relating to the Holocaust that Germany could move forward? I respectfully hope so.
8115 In the end, I am in favor of the Cuba policy changes.

Conservatives (and the Cuban exiles) argue we are capitulating to Castro, and already 4 million tourists come to Cuba, and billions of dollars are traded with Cuba, and the dictatorship stands. We do have a close history, not all good with the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, boat people, and even earlier with the Treaty of Relations (1903).

I think they make a point that maybe the full openness won't change the political future of Cuba. But, one thing we history lovers know, the future is so unpredictable, and I would rather have full diplomatic relations to help ease any crisis than not.

Also, the U.S. has a history of waiting things out, too.
Dec 18, 2014 07:24AM

8115 Thanks to those who joined me in reading this good book. I gave some great details that I did not know of and it just illustrated how such a social policy is hard to enforce and govern.
8115 I think Darman illustrates an important point to LBJ's method of operation: he used JFK's rising mythical status to get the tax cuts and civil rights bills passed. It was a smart move.

Jackie was great at building up JFK and the family continues it. They are very protective of all things Kennedy.
Dec 18, 2014 06:47AM

8115 Welcome, Barry. Glad to hear history always lures you in. It does for me.

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Dec 17, 2014 01:40PM

8115 Good to meet you Zack, enjoy.
Dec 17, 2014 12:05PM

8115 Had to buy this one to try out; the reviews have been excellent:

Stalin  Volume I  Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin by Stephen KotkinStephen Kotkin
THE NAZIS (113 new)
Dec 17, 2014 08:02AM

8115 The Nuremberg site makes sense to take down. I agree. I think you get into murky areas like this spa. What do you do with something that had Nazi connections, not as prevalent as Nuremberg? It must be hard.

Is it sufficient to put up a plaque or exhibition at the spa and continue to reshape it into a modern vacation spot? There might be a time, no one will look at the plaque as they head to the beach.

There is a parallel concept of land use in Richmond, Virginia dealing with slavery. The city government want to build shops and a sports stadium on a site where slaves were sold. It was one of the largest slave markets in the South. What do you do? Create a place of memory and build? Hard questions.
8115 Indeed, Jerome, it is news to me. As you know, one of Nixon's diplomatic premises was to create this persona that he was a "madman," never know what to expect, so it brings the North Vietnamese to the table.

Didn't work. What Nixon denied is that the North Vietnamese held all the cards. Bombings and madman tactics did very little.
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