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Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History (Oxford Oral History)

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Over a span of eighteen years, Lady Bird Johnson recorded forty-seven oral history interviews with Michael Gillette and his colleagues. These conversations, just released in 2011, form the heart of Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, an intimate story of a shy young country girl's transformation into one of America's most effective and admired First Ladies.

Lady Bird Johnson's odyssey is one of personal and intellectual growth, political and financial ambition, and a shared life with Lyndon Baines Johnson, one of the most complicated, volatile, and powerful presidents of the 20th century. The former First Lady recounts how a cautious, conservative young woman succumbed to an ultimatum to marry a man she had known for less than three months, how she ran his congressional office during World War II, and how she transformed a struggling Austin radio station into the foundation of a communications empire. As a keen observer of the Washington scene during the eventful decades from the 1930s through the 1960s, Lady Bird Johnson shares dramatic accounts of pivotal moments in American history. We attend informal dinners at Sam Rayburn's apartment and opulent social events at grand mansions from an earlier age. Her rich verbal portraits bring to life scores of personalities, including First Ladies Edith Bolling Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Pat Nixon.

An informal, candid narrative by one of America's most admired First Ladies, this volume reveals how instrumental Lady Bird Johnson's support and guidance were at each stage of her husband's political ascent and how she herself emerged as a significant political force.

Review:

"Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library's oral history program, has selected and edited these interviews, but the book belongs to Lady Bird Johnson. It captures her celebrated warmth, independence, pride in her own and her husband's achievements, and her ability to stand back and honestly assess her own and his motives, successes, and failures. The oral histories cover the first lady's life from her birth in 1912 through Johnson's presidency, thus throwing light on a more than half a century of American history. Just about every politically significant figure on the national stage turns up here, each caught (almost always generously) by Mrs. Johnson's discerning eye. Anyone interested in LBJ's election to Congress and his leadership of the Senate, Texas politics, the Johnsons's radio station, the crisis of Kennedy's assassination, and the Vietnam War will find Mrs. Johnson's reflections, from intimate knowledge, informative, delightful, and often riveting. Gillette himself deftly conducted most of the oral histories from which he draws; all have long been open to researchers and widely used (by such as LBJ biographer Robert Caro). Nevertheless, this volume, likely to be catnip to both fans and detractors of the Johnsons, makes available portions of Lady Bird's invaluable and incisive views otherwise inaccessible to the general reader. Photos. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Michael L. Gillette directed the LBJ Library's Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991. He later served as director of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and is currently the executive director of Humanities Texas in Austin. He is the author of Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Childhood Memories

Chapter 2: Education, 1924-1934

Chapter 3: A Whirlwind Courtship

Chapter 4: Washington to Texas and Back, 1934-1937

Chapter 5: In Congress, 1937-1940

Chapter 6: 1941, "A Watershed Year"

Chapter 7: 1942, Gravity, Anger, and Determination

Chapter 8: Nesting and Investing, 1942-1943

Chapter 9: War Years, 1943-1945

Chapter 10: "A Grinding Occupation," 1946-1947

Chapter 11: 1948

Chapter 12: LBJ in the Senate

Chapter 13: A Senate Wife

Chapter 14: The LBJ Ranch

Chapter 15: The Loyal Opposition, 1953-1955

Chapter 16: Pivotal Years, 1956-1959

Chapter 17: 1960, The Point of No Return

Chapter 18: Vice Presidency: Growth, Travel and Tragedy

Chapter 19: The White House Years

Bibliography

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199908080
Author:
Gillette, Michael L
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Gillette, Michael L.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w halftones
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.3 x 1.3 in 1.5 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » US History » Presidents » Johnson, Lyndon B.
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library's oral history program, has selected and edited these interviews, but the book belongs to Lady Bird Johnson. It captures her celebrated warmth, independence, pride in her own and her husband's achievements, and her ability to stand back and honestly assess her own and his motives, successes, and failures. The oral histories cover the first lady's life from her birth in 1912 through Johnson's presidency, thus throwing light on a more than half a century of American history. Just about every politically significant figure on the national stage turns up here, each caught (almost always generously) by Mrs. Johnson's discerning eye. Anyone interested in LBJ's election to Congress and his leadership of the Senate, Texas politics, the Johnsons's radio station, the crisis of Kennedy's assassination, and the Vietnam War will find Mrs. Johnson's reflections, from intimate knowledge, informative, delightful, and often riveting. Gillette himself deftly conducted most of the oral histories from which he draws; all have long been open to researchers and widely used (by such as LBJ biographer Robert Caro). Nevertheless, this volume, likely to be catnip to both fans and detractors of the Johnsons, makes available portions of Lady Bird's invaluable and incisive views otherwise inaccessible to the general reader. Photos. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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