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Indomitable will : LBJ in the presidency
Mark K. Updegrove
Adult Nonfiction E847 .U63 2012

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Few presidents, while in office, were both admired and loathed as much as Lyndon Johnson. Updegrove (director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Austin, TX; Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis) brings together secondary sources, previously completed oral histories and interviews, and further interviews he conducted for this book to offer a mostly sympathetic portrayal of LBJ. While he focuses on Johnson's presidency, which soared with the passage of his Great Society legislation in 1964 and 1965 and fell in 1968 because of the Vietnam War and a country still torn apart by race, Updegrove also touches on Johnson's Texas childhood and his post-presidency, cut short by his death in 1973. Lively comments from the author's interviews of and correspondence with Johnson's daughters, close aides, and politicians, notably George McGovern and Walter Mondale, vividly recount Johnson's life and times. VERDICT Updegrove has not attempted a full-scale biography such as Robert Dallek's Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant or Robert Caro's unfinished multi-volume LBJ biography. General readers wanting an introductory overview filled with anecdotes and reminiscences will like this, as may some scholars, but the latter will chiefly want Robert Caro's next volume: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (May), covering LBJ from 1960 to 1964.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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