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 With aides and colleagues he could be overbearing, crude, and vindictive, but at other times shy, sophisticated, and magnanimous Perhaps columnist Russell Baker said it best Johnson was a character out of a Russian novela storm of warring human instincts sinner and saint, buffoon and statesman, cynic and sentimentalist But Johnson was also a representative figure His 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, now 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 on the banks of the Pedernales 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 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....
|Title||:||Lone Star Rising: Vol. 1: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press November 12, 1992|
|Number of Pages||:||754 pages|
|File Size||:||996 KB|
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Lone Star Rising: Vol. 1: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 Reviews
I bought the book after I had a discussion with my brother about just why almost everyone has a very low opinion of L.B.J.
There are some hard truths Dallek can’t avoid including about one of the most corrupt politicians in our history (at least until The Clintons arrived), but Dallek can’t help gushing over any ostensible liberal (even one whose favorite word in private began with “n”.
John Connally, former Secretary of the Treasury and Governor of Texas, who was very close to LBJ for many years once said that Johnson was a "strange and complex man who could be whatever he wanted to be", cruel or compassionate, crude or charming, selfish or generous. These traits are illustrated well in Robert Dallek's two volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. Fortunately, recent years have shown a more realistic view of Johnson as this complex man and not just the warmongering fiend the anti-Vietnam War people perceived more than 30 years ago. One of the most important points that Dallek brings out is that LBJ learned lessons from Franklin Roosevelt's deceptive policies of trying to bring the US into war with Nazi Germany, against American public opinion (which the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ultimately proved unnecessary) and applied them to his almost surrepitious effort to engage American troops in South Vietnam. I highly recommend these 2 books for anyone interested in American History or the study of political leadership.
This book presents a detailed account of LBJ from his beginnings and birth to a time two months after he assumed the presidency. I learned a great deal about LBJ that explains his personality and his character. It's a great book for people that want to understand LBJ and the positions he took. Great read.
I have read many books about Lyndon Johnson. "Lone Star Rising" is a very accurate picture of the way I remember him.
Very interesting biography of a controversial character. Quite informative but it gets bogged down in a lot of minutiae from time to time. A good overall book to read.
Parts of this book were inviting and captivating while most of the book was repetitive and politically slanted. I found myself yearning for the last pages to come about. It was not great, but I learned something. One thing that was clear. Lyndon cheated elections, used his authority to benefit himself, and treated those around him horribly. Not an entire waste of time. I hope Volume II is better.
Very well in depth study of a very deep and complicated person. So well illustrated word ways it took two books to handle it all.