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Zoom Speaker Series: Julia Sweig

September 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman. The story of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of LBJ, proves this phrase to be quite true. Please virtually join CLS in welcoming author Julia Sweig for a discussion on her newest book, “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight”. This Zoom event is free & open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 

NOTICE: Zoom event links and passwords are always distributed on the day of the event to the email you provide when purchasing your tickets. The email that will be sending the link and password will be dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. If you have any questions, please call 843-723-9912

To purchase your copy of Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding In Plain Sight, click here.


Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstances—following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—LBJ had to decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The strategy memo she produced for him, emblematic of her own political acumen and largely overlooked by biographers, is just one revealing example of how their marriage was truly a decades-long political partnership. Julia Sweig is the first to draw substantially on Lady Bird’s own voice in her White House diaries to place Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson center stage and to reveal a woman ahead of her time—and an accomplished politician in her own right.


Julia Sweig is an award-winning author of books on Cuba, Latin America, and American foreign policy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, the Nation, the National Interest, and in Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo, among other outlets. Her book Inside the Cuban Revolution won the American Historical Association’s 2003 Herbert Feis Award. She served as senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations for fifteen years and concurrently led the Aspen Institute’s congressional seminar on Latin America for ten years. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a non-resident senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin and the host creator, host and executive producer of the podcast In Plain Sight, a co-production of Best Case Studios and ABC Audio. She lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C.


September 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm