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John F. Kennedy's Chief of Staff, Kenneth O'Donnell was with the president throughout his three years in office, and he was on Air Force One in Dallas, at Jacqueline Kennedy's side, as Lyndon Johnson was sworn in. Beginning his presidency in a time of turmoil, Johnson asked O'Donnell to stay on and work with him through the first nine months of his administration. Although they were political adversaries, they developed a mutually respectful rapport, and O'Donnell helped LBJ find his voice, starting with his work in voting rights and developing the civil rights agenda. O'Donnell was a prolific diarist and note taker, and here his daughter Helen takes her father's journals and fills in the gaps to create an unprecedented, inside look at the early days of the Johnson administration.