Out in Front

Preparing the Way for JFK and LBJ

By Jeb Byrne

Subjects: American History, American Politics, Memoir, Presidency, The
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438431444, 185 pages, February 2010
Hardcover : 9781438431451, 185 pages, February 2010

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Table of contents


1. Breakfast before Dallas

2. Twitches on the Johnson String

3. Mission Anonymous

4. The Road to Reassurance

5. New England’s Wild Endorsement

6. Wooing the Wests, Mid and Far

7. A Little Rally in a Big Place

8. The End of the Affair

An Advance Man’s Contemplation and Photographs

9. The Rocky, Nonpartisan Coast of Maine

Name Index

Lively anecdotes retold by an advance man for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.


Imagine one's first job assignment to be arranging John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth on the morning of November 22, 1963. Lively and fascinating, Out in Front: Preparing the Way for JFK and LBJ reveals Jeb Byrne's experiences as an advance man for JFK and as the deputy director of the LBJ advance unit during the 1964 campaign. Byrne's life experiences illuminate the work done behind the scenes of campaign stops and political appearances. His personal memoir exposes the duties, contemplations, and struggles of the advance man hidden from the public eye.