ABOUT THE BOOK/PODCAST
Lady Bird Johnson’s complex and captivating role—as a political partner to her husband, as a vital yet underappreciated presence in the White House, and as a critical advisor and strategist in the Johnson Administration—is recast through the joint release of Julia Sweig’s magisterial biography, LADY BIRD JOHNSON: Hiding in Plain Sight (Random House), and the new podcast, In Plain Sight (ABC News and Best Case Studios). The book and podcast present a surprisingly modern and influential American First Lady, unveiling a new view of Lady Bird’s power within the Johnson presidency. It is a portrait that resonates powerfully and poignantly with the country’s current social upheavals, uncovering perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the 20th century.
The story is told in Lady Bird’s own words through the largely unknown and overlooked audio diaries that she kept during her five-plus years in the White House: 123 hours of tape totaling 1,750,000 words. Lady Bird’s tapes show her to be a formidable storyteller and historian, and a conscious creator of legacy. Her almost real-time, highly personal narration of key moments of American history showcases her narrative prowess and unique perspective as she brings to life both the tragedies that defined the ’60s—the JFK, MLK, and RFK assassinations and the Vietnam War— and the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. These tapes were hiding in plain sight at the LBJ Library, much like Lady Bird herself did at the White House.
As featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Washington Post, People, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and NPR’s Fresh Air.
Released: 2021 –
Rating: NR –
Duration: 5 minutes