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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Taking up a suggestion of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Kennedy proposed to
Clark Clifford that Johnson make a public acknowledgment that his policy was a
failure and appoint a commission to decide how to extricate the United States
from its plight. The members of the commission would be named by Kennedy. If
the president complied, he would not run against him. It is inconceivable that a
savvy politician such as Robert Kennedy, one who knew LBJ well, could expect
such a ...
37. Clark Clifford, Counsel to the President: A Memoir (New York: Random
House, 1991 :. p. 486. 38. David M. Barrett, Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson
and His Vietnam Advisers (Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 1993), p
. 129. 39. Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (New York: Viking Press, 1983), p.
552. 40. Clifford, op. cit, p. 493; Schandler, op. cit., pp. 167-169. 41. Clifford, op.
cit., p. 495. 42. Washington Post (March 3, 1968). 43. New York Times (March 10,
247-248. 65. Washington Post (December 14, 1968). 66. Ibid. (December 15,
1968). 67. Ibid. (December 27, 1968). 68. Ibid. (December 28, 1968). 69. Ibid. (
January 10, 1969). 70. Ibid. (December 25, 1968). 71. Ibid. (January 7, 1969). 72.
Ibid. 73. Ibid. (January 14, 1969); Style Section by Dorothy McCardle. 74. New
York Times (January 14, 1969). 75. Washington Post (January 15, 1969). 76.
Clark Clifford, Counsel to the President: A Memoir (New York: Random House,
1991), p. 604.
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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 ... Read full review