Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973

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Oxford University Press, Apr 16, 1998 - History - 784 pages
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Flawed Giant--the monumental concluding volume to Robert Dallek's biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson--provides the most through, engrossing account ever published of Johnson's years in the national spotlight. Drawing on hours of newly released White House tapes and dozens of interviews with people close to the President, Dallek reveals LBJ as a visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no chief executive before or since, and also displays the depth of his private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam. Writing in a clear, thoughtful, and evenhanded style, Dallek reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to ascend to the White House.
 

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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 ... Read full review

FLAWED GIANT: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973

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Presidential historian Dallek (History/Boston Univ.; Hail to the Chief, 1996) has all the dogged persistence of the scholar, but little of a master biographer's panache. Yet even in his conventional ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Most Insignificant Office
3
2 From JFK to LBJ
54
3 Landslide Lyndon
122
4 King of the Hill
185
5 Foreign Policy Dilemmas
238
6 Retreat from the Great Society
293
7 Lyndon Johnsons War
340
8 A Sea of Troubles
391
10 Last Hurrahs
494
11 Unfinished Business
550
12 After the Fall
601
Afterword
624
Sources
629
Abbreviations Used in Notes
645
Notes
647
Index
737

9 Stalemate
443

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About the author (1998)

Robert Dallek is Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of several books, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, for which he won a Bancroft Prize and was nominated for an American Book Award. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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