As someone who wrote campaign speeches for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, I naturally assumed that the publication of Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964 would secure my place in history. After all, the White House taping system could easily have picked up L.B.J. saying how much he valued my speeches. It's true that he never actually used any of my speeches. On the other hand, he was known for his insincerity. I had that going for me.

Maybe, for instance, I'd be mentioned in one of his rants about press accounts implying that Kennedy's Harvard intellectuals were decamping,...

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