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Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant: Book by James U. Cross

Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant

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ISBN: 9780292747777    Publisher: University of Texas Press Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 218        
When Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to go somewhere, there was no stopping him. This dynamic president called for Air Force One as others summon a taxiat a moments notice, whatever the hour or the weather....Read more
When Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to go somewhere, there was no stopping him. This dynamic president called for Air Force One as others summon a taxiat a moments notice, whatever the hour or the weather. And the man who made sure that LBJ got his ride was General James U. Cross, the presidents hand-picked pilot, top military assistant, and personal confidante. One of the few Air Force One pilots to have a position, simultaneously, in the White House, General Cross is also the only member of LBJs inner circle who has not publicly offered his recollections of the president. In this book, he goes on the record, creating a fascinating, behind-the-scenes portrait of Americas complex, often contradictory, always larger-than-life thirty-sixth president. General Cross tells an engrossing story.
In addition to piloting Air Force One around the globe, he served President Johnson in multiple capacities, including directing the Military Office in the White House; managing a secret two-million-dollar presidential emergency fund; supervising the presidential retreat at Camp David, the presidents entire transportation fleet, and the presidential bomb shelters; running the White House Mess; hiring White House social aides, including the presidents future son-in-law, Charles Robb; and writing condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Vietnam. This wide-ranging, around-the-clock access to President Johnson allowed Cross to witness events and share moments that add color and depth to our understanding of Americas arguably most demanding and unpredictable president. When Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to go somewhere, there was no stopping him. This dynamic president called for Air Force One as others summon a taxi-at a moment's notice, whatever the hour or the weather. And the man who made sure that LBJ got his ride was General James U. Cross, the president's hand-picked pilot, top military assistant, and personal confidante.
One of the few Air Force One pilots to have a position, simultaneously, in the White House, General Cross is also the only member of LBJ's inner circle who has not publicly offered his recollections of the president. In this book, he goes on the record, creating a fascinating, behind-the-scenes portrait of America's complex, often contradictory, always larger-than-life thirty-sixth president.General Cross tells an engrossing story. In addition to piloting Air Force One around the globe, he served President Johnson in multiple capacities, including directing the Military Office in the White House; managing a secret two-million-dollar presidential emergency fund; supervising the presidential retreat at Camp David, the president's entire transportation fleet, and the presidential bomb shelters; running the White House Mess; hiring White House social aides, including the president's future son-in-law, Charles Robb; and writing condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Vietnam.
This wide-ranging, around-the-clock access to President Johnson allowed Cross to witness events and share moments that add color and depth to our understanding of America's arguably most demanding and unpredictable president.
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What a delightful, honest, and entertaining story Jim Cross tells... a birds-eye view, from the cockpit of Air Force One, of why character counts. Bill Moyers "Jim Cross has led a dynamic life in...Read more
What a delightful, honest, and entertaining story Jim Cross tells... a birds-eye view, from the cockpit of Air Force One, of why character counts. Bill Moyers "Jim Cross has led a dynamic life in service for others, and I have no doubt generations yet to come will be enriched by his worthy story, as our family always has been. Luci Baines Johnson
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