LBJ: A Life
Critical Praise for Irwin Unge
"A careful, comprehensive portrait of a complex figure, a man both eminently practical and deeply principled, who looms large over the middle of our century."–Kirkus Review
"Few authors have attempted a one-volume life of the idealistic but controversial Lyndon B. Johnson, and none has succeeded like Irwin Unger.. . . Highly recommended. "–Library Journa
Pulitzer Prize—winning author Irwin Unger and Debi Unger explore the enigmatic and complex Lyndon B. Johnson, as both a public and a private figure–examining his monumental achievements as well as his conflicted and turbulent relationships with his family, friends, and colleagues. LBJ reveals Johnson’s demons as well as his dreams, providing a compelling portrait of this larger-than-life figure. From the hardscrabble life of the Texas hill country to the colorful Lone Star state elections that provided his entrée into national politics to power politics in Washington, this compassionate, insightful biography traces the life, influences, and motivations of the unpredictable, charismatic, and difficult man who occupied the Oval Office during one of the nation’s most tumultuous periods
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LBJ: a lifeUser Review - Book Verdict
Few authors have attempted a one-volume life of the idealistic but controversial Lyndon B. Johnson, and none has succeeded like Irwin Unger (The Best of Intentions, LJ 4/1/96) and Debi Unger. This engaging, well-researched biography draws on many of the recent fine works of the Johnson years, notably Robert Dallek's Flawed Giant (LJ 3/15/98) and Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-64 (S. & S., 1997), edited by Michael Beschloss. The Ungers synthesize these and other works to portray LBJ as a president driven to help people but victimized by his own pathologies--a need for constant approval, an abusive temper, and a probable mood disorder. Johnson the moderate always felt under attack by Republicans and also by the powerful conservative and liberal factions of his own Democratic Party. His greatest victories brought on personal elation along with a depressing sense of urgency. The Ungers do not include a summation of Johnson's mixed legacy but conclude with a bittersweet account of his four postpresidential years. Highly recommended for academic and most public libraries.--Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA ...
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A tragedy, in a way, although the very final note is a kind one. The Ungers do an excellent job of reconciling Johnson's hardscrabble upbringing with his later moves as Congressman/Senator/VP ...