Flawed giant : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973

by Robert Dallek

Paper Book, 1998




Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998.


In this final volume of his biography of Lyndon Johnson, Dallek takes us through Johnson's tumultuous years in the White House, his accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall.

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LibraryThing member cwhouston
I found this very easy to read. It provides a good history of the Johnson administration and covers a good deal more than policy making on Vietnam - the reason why I was initially interested. Details about the space programme, civil rights legislation and LBJ's relationship with his peers (particularly RFK) are some of the other areas that I enjoyed.

It is said that biographies often have the tendency to either canonise or vilify the subject, but this does neither and appears to be largely objective. It is essentially a political history of the administration with LBJ as the focus.

Read if you seek a better understanding of this fascinating period in US history or the decision making process during the early part of the Vietnam war.
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