Great Society: The Story of Lyndon Baines Johnson

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Children's Literature
This new addition to the "Notable Americans" series by Morgan Reynolds presents a comprehensive look at the life and presidency of our 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson. From humble beginnings in Texas to the power and prestige of the presidency, Lyndon Johnson was a man who left a legacy of leadership during some of the most difficult times in our nation's history. Lyndon was a teacher, a congressman, a senator and president who always strove to serve the people. He cared deeply for people who were considered the underdogs. Readers will get a glimpse of the humorous side of this complicated man, such as when Lyndon was about to be married and discovered he had forgotten to buy a ring for his soon-to-be-wife, Lucy Baines. Johnson's Great Society reforms, civil rights efforts, Vietnam and other important issues are presented in a clear and compelling manner. Colbert does not just reveal Johnson's successes, but also looks at a man who had a sharp temper, disliked JFK, and sometimes mistreated people who worked for him. His failures regarding Vietnam are also discussed. Archival photos add authenticity to this informative and interesting text. This is a good introduction to the man and his times and an important resource for the classroom or home library. End notes include a timeline, source notes, BIBLIOgraphy, and an index. 2002, Morgan Reynolds Publishing,
— Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In her telling of the life of America's 36th president, Colbert is neither chatty and witty nor dry and dull. While she doesn't sugarcoat any of the man's shortcomings, she does present him in an overall positive light. Vietnam is a major focus of the final chapters, but so is Johnson's tireless work toward a "Great Society." These perspectives show how one person could be extremely popular and also vilified at different points in his long career. Politics does overshadow all other aspects of his story (Lady Bird makes only limited and fairly one-dimensional appearances), which was pretty much the case in real life. In an editorial oversight, the NASA headquarters are referred to as being "at the Johnson Space Center" in 1958 when the facility was not named in honor of the president until 1973. Black-and-white photos, often blurry, are scattered throughout the text. On the whole, this book gives students little incentive to stray from standard biographies such as those in the "Encyclopedia of Presidents" series (Children's) and "Our Presidents" series (Child's World).-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846848
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Notable Americans Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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