Lone Star Rising: Vol. 1: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960

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  • Title: Lone Star Rising: Vol. 1: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960
  • Author: Robert Dallek
  • ISBN: 9780195054354
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 atLike 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.

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    1. Robert Dallek is the author of Nixon and Kissinger , a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and An Unfinished Life John F Kennedy, 1917 1963 , among other books His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004 2005 He lives in Washington, D.C.

    2. bestpresidentialbios/2017Published in 1991, “Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times 1908-1960” is the first volume in a two-volume series on LBJ written by Robert Dallek. Dallek is a retired professor of history and the author of nearly two dozen books including a bestselling biography of JFK (which I recently read and liked) and a more recent dual-biography of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.Covering LBJ’s life through his election as VP, this book often feels like a deliberate [...]

    3. LONE STAR RISING, by Robert DallekThis is a meticulously detailed book on the life of Lyndon B. Johnson prior to his election as John F. Kennedy's vice president. Author Dallek seems to have uncovered virtually everything of note in Johnson's life and does a masterful job of informing and engaging the reader. Dallek thinks Johnson's most prominent other biographer, Robert Caro, was overtly biased against his subject, but Dallek, who clearly admires Johnson's political genius, is not hesitant abo [...]

    4. I have certainly read much breezier, more personal, and far juicier biographies of LBJ - Doris Kearns Goodwin's Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream and several biographies from different times in LBJ's life by Robert Cabo come to mind. This book, the first of two volumes by Robert Dallek, is much more a prodigious political biography than anything else. One learns very little about LBJ's life outside of the various political realms he occupied starting in his early twenties on his way to becom [...]

    5. This is the first volume from Dallek on LBJ, covering his birth up to his election as Vice President in 1960. Dallek is an accomplished biographer, and the book is well-researched. However, I got the sense throughout most of the book that Dallek had an axe to grind with other Johnson biographers, in particular Robert Caro. At the time that this book was published, only Caro's first two volumes of his piece were out, taking LBJ through his stolen 1948 Senate election. Dallek, in his Introduction, [...]

    6. Dallek's book is a much fairer and more accurate portrait of Johnson than Caro's. Dallek doesn't pull any punches in revealing LBJ's flaws but he emphasizes core ideological beliefs that animate Johnson. For me, however, having read only one volume of each of the biographical series, Caro's is the more compelling read. I'm a little embarrassed to write this because Caro is clearly wrong in his analysis. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Johnson and I plan on [...]

    7. I became interested in reading an LBJ biography after reading Managing with Power. Examples of LBJ's life and career were used throughout Managing with Power to demonstrate different ways of acquiring and wielding power; Managing with Power then ended by describing LBJ's passage of anti-segregation laws as the ultimate example of the change that can be acquired by accumulating power.This book only covered LBJ's life up until his election to Vice President, so I haven't yet read about this ultima [...]

    8. This is really fair biography on LBJ. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to someone who is looking for a more digestible volume than Caro's present works.

    9. There is an epic story of America in the 20th century in the life of LBJ. Volume 1 fully captures that promise. Volume 2 falls off, most especially in failing to put the events it depicts into the larger context of events unfolding around the world and in the lives of so many Americans. LBJ lived the most Shakespearean life of any President. From literally dirt poor to President on the back of his willpower and political talent (even though he was kind of a terrible public speaker) coupled with [...]

    10. Part 1 of a two volume biography that ends right before LBJ becomes the VP. A great read for somebody interested in the inner workings of politics. LBJ was the consummate politician. In this book we see him first as a congressman and then as one of the most successsful Senate Majority leaders ever. LBJ was a master at finding out exactly what made other politicians tick and what they wanted and then used that to get them to vote his way on legislation. It wasn't always pretty as there was a lot [...]

    11. Johnson = fascinating. Crazy, too. This first half of the two-volume bio introduces the reader to an ambitious, nervy, sometimes off-putting political genius; it's also rich with detail about Texas, Texan history, and Texas politics that you might not have known you totally want to know. Johnson's life path includes farms, high school debate teams, assisting people in power, barely getting by financially, impulsive life decisions AND calculated strategy, journeys to Washington, helicopters aroun [...]

    12. Great one-volume (actually it was the first of a two-volume series) on LBJ written by one of my college professors at UCLA.

    13. I became fascinated by LBJ after visiting his presidential library and museum in Austin last year. This book, even at condensed content, is a well researched tome on a larger-than-life character.

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