"Marvin Watson was the loyal keeper at the gate. His memories should be a bountiful addition to the story of those yeasty years."
- Lady Bird Johnson
"Chief of Staff brings back memories of many years that my husband and I were privileged to be a part of...This is a most interesting, colorful, and educational book about how President Johnson and his assistants (especially his Chief of Staff Marvin Watson) together ran, managed, and protected our country. A great read for all Americans!"
- Nellie Connally, widow of former Texas governor John Connally and author of the bestselling From Love Field
"For those of us who have served presidents, this is a fascinating insight into the role of chief of staff and the politics of Lyndon Johnson."
- Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff for President Clinton
"For most of Lyndon Johnson's presidency, Marvin Watson was the 'tough Marine sergeant' (LBJ's description) who served as the sentry at the gate and was closer to the seat of power than anyone except for the man who occupied it. He saw the events, the actors, the drama of that yeasty and turbulent time from a unique perspective. Marvin Watson's voice, silent through the intervening years, is now finally heard, speaking with a special authority. Listen carefully."
- Harry Middleton, executive director of the LBJ Library and author of LBJ: The White House Years