Flawed giant : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973

by Dallek, Robert.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Lone Star Rising, the first volume in Robert Dallek's biography of LBJ, was hailed as "a triumphant portrait of Lyndon Johnson as rich and oversized and complex as the nation that shaped him." Now, in the final volume, Dallek takes us through Johnson's tumultuous years in the White House, hisunprecedented accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall.In these pages Johnson emerges as a character of almost Shakespearean dimensions, a man riddled with contradictions, 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." Drawing on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with those closest to LBJ--including fresh insights from Ladybird and his press secretary Bill Moyers--Dallek takes us behind the scenes to give us a portrait of Johnson that is at once even-handedand completely engrossing. 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, environmental protection, and the establishment of the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities to themost significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see for the first time the depth of Johnson's private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam, a war he did not want to expand and which destroyed his hopes for The Great Society and a second term.Exhaustively researched and gracefully written, Flawed Giant reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to step onto the presidential stage.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This sequel to Lone Star Rising (1991) is a formidably researched account of LBJ's career in the White House and incorporates nearly half of the thousands of tape recordings Johnson secretly made. (The other half remain sealed.) The title encapsulates most opinions about Johnson: the idealism and political acumen that created the Great Society programs, coexisting with Johnson's exaggerated personality--hardworking, intelligent, demanding, coarse, self-pitying. From the tapes, Dallek recounts the self-doubt and anguish that dogged LBJ on Vietnam, but the recordings also reveal his lack of candor with the public about American aims there. No doubt if LBJ could reach beyond the grave to browbeat Dallek with the famous Johnson "treatment," he would also go after Dallek's criticisms of the Great Society--not of its intentions--but of the ad hoc way it was enacted and the financial illusions about what it would cost, especially in competition with an endless war. Not the last word on Lyndon, but darn close to it, Dallek's detailed portrait spots the myriad complexities and nobilities of his subject. Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his sequel to Lone Star Rising, Lyndon Johnson & His Times, 1908-1960, Boston University historian Dallek draws from recently released presidential papers and transcripts, as well as interviews with Johnson protégés such as Bill Moyers, to vividly depict LBJ's tumultuous years as vice-president and president. If not as engaging or evocative as other biographers, Dallek is always objective, chasing the facts whether they lead to the detriment or to the advantage of his troubled protagonist. The book is particularly strong in juxtaposing the magisterial, single-handed architect of sweeping domestic reform in the Great Society with the public-school-educated, provincial legislator from the Texas hill country who felt inadequate when it came to matters of international relations. As Dallek shows, Johnson yielded too often (sometimes against his better instincts, almost always against his own best interests) to Ivy-educated advisers on such problems as Vietnam. Then we have Johnson's private war with Bobby Kennedy, of whom he said: "[Bobby] skipped the grades where you learn the rules of life. He never liked me, and that's nothing compared to what I think of him." All told, Flawed Giant provides a complex yet elegantly rendered portrait of Lyndon Johnson as vice-president, president and man. 32 halftones not seen by PW. $50,000 ad/promo; cover feature in Atlantic Monthly; History Book Club and BOMC alternates; 6-city author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Johnson, Lyndon B. -- (Lyndon Baines), -- 1908-1973.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974.
Publisher New York :Oxford University Press,1998
Language English
Description xiv, 754 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [629]-736) and index.
ISBN 0195054652 (cloth : alk. paper)
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