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18:00 - 20:00 19 November 2013

The Richard Neustadt Lecture on the American Presidency: Randall Woods on LB Johnson


UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Randall Woods, Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Arkansas, Randall Woods is John A. Cooper Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received his PhD from the University of Texas. He specializes in teaching and research of twentieth century US diplomatic and political. He has published eight books, notably: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy Establishment and the Good Neighbor: Argentina and the United States, 1941-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 1979); Fulbright: A Biography (Cambridge University Press, 1996) winner of the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize; Lyndon B. Johnson: Architect of American Ambition (Free Press, 2006); and – most recently – Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA (B

Distinguished Johnson biographer Professor Randall Woods examines not only how Vietnam became ‘Lyndon Johnson’s War’ but also shows that US strategy changed in important ways in the period between the eventual ‘Americanization’ of the conflict in 1965 and the 36th president’s departure from office. During these years, the US military focus switched from ‘search and destroy’ to ‘counterinsurgency and pacification.’ This address examines the Johnson presidency in terms of its commander-in-chief role in Vietnam and assesses the effectiveness of its ‘other war’ strategy.


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