Clements Center Evening Lecture Series

Kyle Longley

LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

Wednesday, March 21, 2019 |   SMU  |  5:30 reception followed by 6 pm lecture and book signing  

Co-sponsored with the Center for Presidential History at SMU   
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1968 was an unprecedented year in terms of upheaval on numerous scales: political, military, economic, social, cultural. In the United States, perhaps no one was more undone by the events of 1968 than President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Kyle Longley leads his readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the 'year of a continuous nightmare'. In LBJ's 1968,  Longley explores how LBJ perceived the most significant events of 1968, including the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy, and the violent Democratic National Convention in Chicago. His responses to the crises were sometimes effective but often tragic, and LBJ's refusal to seek re-election underscores his recognition of the challenges facing the country in 1968. As much a biography of a single year as it is of LBJ, LBJ's 1968 vividly captures the tumult that dominated the headlines on a local and global level. 

'Countless historians have picked apart 1968, but Kyle Longley is the first to go inside the head of the man who, more than anyone else, defined that year - and with a style and precision that somehow makes an account of a terrible time a joy to read.'  ~~~ Clay Risen - The New York Times

'1968 was a turbulent year in our country and a year when President Lyndon Johnson encountered what seemed like an endless series of crises. Kyle Longley has depicted the tone of the times and captured the dilemmas and decisions of LBJ in this compelling book that should be read by any student of that eventful year.' ~~~ Larry Temple - Special Counsel to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation 

Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and School of Politics and Global Studies. Longley joined the ASU faculty in 1995 after serving as a visiting professor at The Citadel. He has served in many administrative positions at Arizona State University, including director of graduate studies for the history department, faculty head, associate director of SHPRS, and as a Dean's Faculty Fellow.

Longley's research focuses on U.S. foreign relations and modern American politics. He has published eight books with another in press including:  The Sparrow and the Hawk:  Costa Rica and the United States During the Rise of José Figueres (1997), In the Eagle's Shadow:  The United States and Latin America (2003, 2009 2nd edition), Senator Albert Gore Sr.:  Tennessee Maverick (2004), Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President (editor and contributor) [2006], Grunts:  The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam (2008), The Morenci Marines:  A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War (2013), Reagan and the World:  Leadership and National Security, 1981-1989 (co-editor with Bradley Coleman and contributor) [2017], LBJ's 1968:  Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Uphaveal (2018), and the forthcoming co-authored, In Harm's Way:  A Military History of the United States (December 2018).  He also was an associate editor for Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations (2012) with Thomas Leonard.  His books have won prizes including the Southeastern Council on Latin American Relations A.B. Thomas Award, the Best Book on Arizona History from the Arizona/New Mexico Book Co-op Committee, and the Southwest Book Award from the Arizona Historical Society.  

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