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'The Great Society' a bustle of history lacking full LBJ picture
'The Great Society' a bustle of history lacking full LBJ picture

When last seen in Robert Schenkkan's "All the Way," Lyndon B. Johnson was being serenaded with "Happy Days Are Here Again." After brokering the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with an iron fist and a good ol' boy smile, he managed to escape electoral backlash and trounce Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. "The Great Society," the second part of Schenkkan's epic drama about Johnson's presidency, picks up where "All the Way" left off. The crowd is still chanting, "All the way with LBJ," but Johnson, that experienced political animal, wears a furrowed brow. He knows that no matter how sweet victory may...

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