Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Glenn55 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book as it provided good insight into the decision process of Johnson. Enjoyed learning more about his legislative superiority. Viet Nam war segment could have been more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good biography. At times a little over simplified on the psychological profile if LBJ.
BubbyDi More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely well written one-volume account of the life and legacy of Lyndon Johnson. Doris Kearns Goodwin ("Team of Rivals," "No Ordinary Time") is a consummate teller of history and brings us a unique perspective on Johnson's life - that of someone invited by him to sit and hear his life story over the course of several months. She records his account, but also supplies her own critique of LBJ, the history he lived and the history he made.
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4103732 More than 1 year ago
This is not for the content but for B&N policy. I ordered this book and had two separate coupons. Neither would apply. I contacted customer service and they said this book is a textbook. I cannot find anywhere on this description where it says this is a textbook. And, it does state that this is a "National Best Seller". How many textbooks do you know that are "best sellers" ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best effort. I'm a big fan -- really liked No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals -- but this book is sadly lacking. Long on analysis and psychoanalysis of Johnson and his methods but very short on what he actually did and examples of his political interactions. Very surprising for someone who knew Johnson and worked with him extensively. And I know this isn't a book about the Kennedy assassination, but it is the pivotal moment in Johnson's life and is almost omitted from the book. Little information about what Johnson was doing or thinking during that time. And there's very little about his relationship with his family. Even if he wasn't involved with them, it would be nice to know.
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watkd25 More than 1 year ago
I have been curious about Lyndon Johnson for some time. Doris Kearns Goodwin has done an excellent job in writing this book, which makes if even better because she had worked for Lyndon Johnson while he was in the Presidency and afterwards. One of the first things I noticed was that the book remains sharply focused. The book was so focused that some of the issues of Johnson's time were not elaborated upon. As if it is expected that you were supposed to know about the situations at hand. His policies that were established, such as the Great Society, were not talked about so much in detail as what the policies of the time consisted of, but how he dealt with them and was involved in getting the laws passed through Congress. For this reason, I feel that it is important that you have some background knowledge of the era and the specific policies established. Since I was born 12 years after Johnson's death, I had a little difficulty trying to discern what some of those issues were excluding actual policies. Johnson used his power for the sake of helping the less fortunate for the most part. I respect him so much for this, his interest in helping the poor, and minorities is such a rarity. If it wasn't for him, I probably would not have been able to attend college because of the costs, or maybe I would have because costs may have been much lower which is off topic. Also, maybe there would have been civil rights issues that would have had an effect on me and others if it partially were not for him. There is a common complaint here and elsewhere about the psychoanalysis of Johnson's life. I felt that this insight was not excessive and, for the most part, is included in the first few chapters of this book and in the postscript (which I recommend reading). I felt that it was necessary to be informed of the psychology of this individual becuase of his, what I think "rare" personality. Johnson was a very mecurial individual and it shows throughout the book. His mecurial personality was definitely used to get what he wanted throughout his political career. This book is strongly recommeneded for people who are interested in politics, history, or biographies in general. Please take a look at the suggested book if you are interested in what the Great Society consisted of. Also, try reading the postscript after the acknowledgements of this book. It is additional psychoanalysis of his personality throughout his life.