TO HEAL AND TO BUILD by James MacGregor Ed. Burns


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Meant as high-level campaign literature for President Johnson's re-election drive, this may be a non-starter. The tone of this collection of Presidential addresses, documents and interpretive essays is provided by Howard K. Smith's unrelieved panegyric to Johnson, the domestic innovator, and to Johnson, as foreign policy maker, for whom ""things turned out well in the end because that is how they were designed to turn out."" Much of the book's material helps to inadvertently establish the essential tragedy of Mr. Johnson--who perhaps will be remembered as the man who crescendoed this nation's involvement in Vietnam to the detriment of the domestic policy that he had taken such great care to promote. Professor Burns' collection certainly suffers from a lack of balance but the book can stand on Eugene Rostow's essay which deals with the difficulties of administering presidential power.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1968
Publisher: McGraw-Hill