Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written

by Doris Kearns Goodwin


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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, first encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 1967, she became fascinated by the man—his character, his enormous energy and drive, and his manner of wielding these gifts in an endless pursuit of power. As a member of his White House staff, she soon became his personal confidante, and in the years before his death he revealed himself to her as he did to no other.

Widely praised and enormously popular, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is a work of biography like few others. With uncanny insight and a richly engrossing style, the author renders LBJ in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312060275
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/15/1991
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 83,326
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the celebrated historian who is also the author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and other bestsellers, has written a new foreword for this edition of Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three sons.


Concord, MA

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1943

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, NY


B. A., Colby College; Ph.D., Harvard University

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 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
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.
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" ?
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.