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Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960

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Like other great figures of 20th-century American politics, Lyndon Johnson defies easy understanding. An unrivaled master of vote swapping, back room deals, and election-day skulduggery, he was nevertheless an outspoken New Dealer with a genuine commitment to the poor and the underprivileged. And he was also a representative figure. Johnson's career speaks volumes about American politics, foreign policy, and business in the forty years after 1930. As Charles de Gaulle said when he came to JFK's funeral: Kennedy was America's mask, but this man Johnson is the country's real face.

In Lone Star Rising, Robert Dallek, winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his study of Franklin D. Roosevelt, turns to this fascinating "sinner and saint" to offer a brilliant, definitive portrait of a great American politician. Based on seven years of research in over 450 manuscript collections and oral histories, as well as numerous personal interviews, this first book in a two-volume biography follows Johnson's life from his childhood to his election as vice-president under Kennedy. We see Johnson, the twenty-three-year-old aide to a pampered millionaire Representative, become a de facto Congressman, and at age twenty-eight the country's best state director of the National Youth Administration. We see Johnson, the "human dynamo," first in the House and then in 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.

Dallek pays full due to Johnson's failings — his obsession with being top dog, his willingness to cut corners, and worse, to get there — but he also illuminates Johnson's sheer brilliance as a politician, the high regard in which key members of the New Deal, including FDR, held him, and his genuine concern for minorities and the downtrodden.

No president in American history is currently less admired than Lyndon Johnson. Bitter memories of Vietnam have sent Johnson's reputation into free fall, and recent biographies have painted him as a scoundrel who did more harm than good. Lone Star Rising attempts to strike a balance. It does not neglect the tawdry side of Johnson's political career, including much that is revealed for the first time. But it also reminds us that Lyndon Johnson was a man of exceptional vision, who from early in his career worked to bring the South into the mainstream of American economic and political life, to give the disadvantaged a decent chance, and to end racial segregation for the well-being of the nation.

Review:

"Readers who find Robert A. Caro's LBJ too Manichaean can turn to this hefty study (first of a projected two volumes), which covers the life and career of the young politico-in-a-hurry through the 1960 election....nowhere as brilliant as Caro in depicting LBJ's almost demonic energy." Kirkus Reviews

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [593]-699) and index.

About the Author

Robert Dallek is Professor of History of the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, for which he won a Bancroft Prize and was nominated for an American Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195054354
Author:
Dallek, Robert
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Robert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Johnson, Lyndon B
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Series Volume:
9388
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9.61x6.51x2.22 in. 2.78 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Readers who find Robert A. Caro's LBJ too Manichaean can turn to this hefty study (first of a projected two volumes), which covers the life and career of the young politico-in-a-hurry through the 1960 election....nowhere as brilliant as Caro in depicting LBJ's almost demonic energy."
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