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An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250062468
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Picador - March 31st, 2015

This is one of those books that makes us hope that a reading of the past could only inform the present more. Lyndon Johnson was an unlikely choice to be the president who could pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the story of how that historic legislation was passed, and how Johnson was somehow able to get a few politicians to be courageous enough to vote against their political interests to do the right thing. Purdum takes you behind the scenes to see a cast of very imperfect leaders who rise to the occasion to create a moment in history.