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Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America (.) Hardcover – January 12, 2005
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Critics agree that the strength of Judgment Days lies in its new approach to an old story. One detractor found the account stale at times, complaining that the section on Vietnam seemed like a rehash. Most readers, however, focused less on the familiarity of Kotz’s source material and more on the remarkable insight he brings to a tense relationship. Judgment Days is not an exposé, but rather a personal and psychological approach to an oft-analyzed political moment. Kotz deserves particular praise for his deep examination of Johnson, who emerges from Judgment Days as a man of serious flaws but monumental courage.
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On the other hand, the facts are reported accurately, the books is well organized, and it is very readable. This is a great place for someone who was not there in the 1960s to start to understand the need for strong civil rights legislation.
The reader gains a new insight into the ambitions - and failings - of the two leaders most responsible for bringing Civil Rights laws to pass, and how - potentially - they could have achieved so much more for the cause had they continued to work together.
For me, the book displayed how pragmatic MLK was in his idealism, and how sincere LBJ's belief in the cause was.
The Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws have already received plenty of attention. One of the great elements of this book is documentation of the Fair Housing Law of 1968, and how LBJ was only finally able to get it through Congress as a tribute to MLK in the wake of his assassination.