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Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President

Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President

by Robert Dallek


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Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President

Robert Dallek's brilliant two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson has received an avalanche of praise. Michael Beschloss, in The Los Angeles Times, said that it "succeeds brilliantly." The New York Times called it "rock solid" and The Washington Post hailed it as "invaluable." And Sidney Blumenthal in The Boston Globe wrote that it was "dense with astonishing incidents."

Now Dallek has condensed his two-volume masterpiece into what is surely the finest one-volume biography of Johnson available. Based on years of research in over 450 manuscript collections and oral histories, as well as numerous personal interviews, this biography follows Johnson, the "human dynamo," from the Texas hill country to the White House. We see LBJ, in the House and the Senate, whirl his way through sixteen- and eighteen-hour days, talking, urging, demanding, reaching for influence and power, in an uncommonly successful congressional career. Then, in the White House, we see Johnson as the visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no president before or since, enacting a range of crucial legislation, from Medicare and environmental protection to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see the depth of Johnson's private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam.

In these pages Johnson emerges as a man of towering intensity and anguished insecurity, of grandiose ambition and grave self-doubt, a man who was brilliant, crude, intimidating, compassionate, overbearing, driven: "A tornado in pants." Gracefully written and delicately balanced, this

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ISBN-13: 9780195159219
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 277,812
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Dallek is Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of the definitive study, Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, which received the Bancroft Prize in American History, and the best-selling An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. A frequent commentator on radio and TV, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

1The Making of a Politician1
2The Congressman36
3The Senator72
4The Vice President112
5From JFK to LBJ145
6"Landslide Lyndon"171
7King of the Hill190
8Foreign Policy Dilemmas208
9Retreat from the Great Society227
10"Lyndon Johnson's War"251
11A Sea of Troubles272
13Last Hurrahs318
14Unfinished Business343
15After the Fall362
Suggestions for Further Reading379

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