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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written Doris Kearns Goodwin s classic life of Lyndon Johnson who presided over the Great Society the Vietnam War other defining moments the tumultuous s is a monument in political biography From the mom

  • Title: Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written
  • Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • ISBN: 9780312060275
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Doris Kearns Goodwin s classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War other defining moments the tumultuous 60s, is a monument in political biography From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, 1st encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 67, she became fascinated by the man his chDoris Kearns Goodwin s classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War other defining moments the tumultuous 60s, is a monument in political biography From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, 1st encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 67, she became fascinated by the man his character, his enormous energy drive, his manner of wielding these gifts in an endless pursuit of power As a member of his White House staff, she soon became his personal confidante In the years before his death he revealed himself to her as to no other Widely praised enormously popular, Lyndon Johnson the American Dream is a biography like few others With insight a richly engrossing style, the author renders LBJ in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.PrefacePrologueGrowing up Education the dream of success The making of a politician Rise to power in the senateThe senate leader The vice presidencyThe transition yearThe great society Vietnam Things go wrongUnder siege in the White House The withdrawalEpilogueAcknowledgmentsAuthor s PostscriptNotesIndex

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    1. What Doris Kearns Goodwin does well here 1 She digs deep into LBJ s personality She knew him professionally, working in his White House, and quotes extensively from his direct conversations with her He wanted her assistance in writing his memoirs, a project which never got off the ground.2 She pinpoints his skillsets, what he s good at and deficient at, and how these skillsets help or hamper him in different institutional settings She explains how his talent in one on one interactions and his ab [...]

    2. This was the first book Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote, and you can tell It reads a little bit like a college thesis The attempts at psychoanalysis and the comparisons to Machiavelli kinda got on my nerves and got in the way of the storytelling for me.She worked with LBJ in the later years of the presidency and afterward, and those were the moments that were most interesting to me Her writing about those times is so good, and you get a real sense of the type of person he was You can also tell that s [...]

    3. This was Kearns first book, and to a good extent, it shows The writing is stiff and often very dry, with little narrative skill Kearns tendency towards amateur Freudian psychoanalysis also frequently comes off as cringe worthy, even so in an era in which most Freudian concepts have been shaken off as highly speculative nonsense The book also gives virtually no historical context to most of the events that take place, though since it was originally published in 1977, it was probably thought at t [...]

    4. bestpresidentialbios 2017 Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is Doris Kearns Goodwin s life of Lyndon Johnson Published in 1976 just three years after LBJ s death , this was Goodwin s first biographical work She is now a Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian who has also written about John F Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft.Context is critical to understanding any author s perspective in writing a presidential biography, and Goo [...]

    5. At first I balked at the 22 page forward written by the author some years after publication, but as it turned out, that was by far the most interesting part of the book This book was truly a stuggle to finish, but I persevered and after 8 weeks I got there This was a very sanitized portrait of Lyndon Johnson, no controversy here other than what one would have heard on television during his presidency No mention of the Johnson Treatment, or ties to the assassination Doris Kearns Goodwin was perso [...]

    6. I d heard a few things about President Johnson before reading this book he was brash and egotistical, he held his dogs up by the ears, and he added a lot of welfare programs during his tenure So, I didn t know much going in, but thought it would be an entertaining read, perhaps But, I was disappointed to find out that brash and egotistical are not exaggerations of his personality, but almost nice ways of describing an extremely self centered, egomaniac tyrant A lot of times his petulant and cont [...]

    7. When I was about 12 I sent a letter to LBJ asking him to take my dog, a long haired dachsund, so that I could get a collie After all, he already had two dogs with floppy ears, right I got an authentic autograph in return Somehow that started my preoccupation with LBJ and his career.At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival was a newly commissioned play about the man All the Way which deals with the time between the death of JFK and the election of LBJ in his own right It was absolutely fascinating and [...]

    8. I am a sucker for a good presidential bio and Kearns Goodwin s book is an exceptionally well written, vivid, and engaging portrait of our colorful 36th president, who gave us the important legislation of his Great Society, but ultimately tarnished his legacy and altered history forever by bogging us down in the waste of the Vietnam war Although his legacy is now undergoing some serious rethinking by some historians who have brought to light just how groundbreaking his Great Society legislation w [...]

    9. Since I was a war protester and my draft number was 33, I had no love for Lyndon Johnson during his presidency Since then, I had come to appreciate his dramatic role in changing the face of civil rights in America The behind the scenes look at Johnson, from his pragmatic days on Capitol Hill to his lonely decisions amid a group of smart advisors, was excellent As a side note, I spent a good portion of my business career in East Asia You would be surprised at the number of Asians that are my age [...]

    10. It is hard to believe that Doris Kearns Goodwin who would go on to have a very distinguished career as an historian could have begun her career with something as dreadful as Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream The argument that she was probably correct in all her conclusions cannot be used in her defense Ms Goodwin possessing a Ph.D in government from Harvard had the professional obligation to conduct systematic research and base her conclusions on relevant evidence She did neither.To her cred [...]

    11. Excellent book on the Lyndon Johnson presidency Kearns Goodwin puts Johnson into the context of the rise of the modern Presidency and the structure of power inside the modern White House She also explains why Johnson s personality and his experience as Senate majority leader contributed to his failure in international affairs and his single minded pursuit of the Vietnam War For those who became active during the Civil Rights movement of the 60s and the antiwar movement of the 60s and 70s, it pro [...]

    12. buku ini baru gw dapet dari sahabat gw yang pulang dari Boston dah mulai baca nihh buku,.an yang paling gw suka Not the Cynics, Johnson wrote in 1927, but the men of faith are responsible for the progress of humanityFor example, in the great struggle of the Revolutiono matchless leaders were Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin Paine was only a revolutionist and a destroyer He had no faith to sustain him He passed from the scene of action reviling the great Washington, preferring libertinism to li [...]

    13. I received this as a pre publication edition, from netgalley, 2015 newest edition of this book.This was a well written biography of a fascinating man.Most biographies are a dry chronology of facts or an endless list of irrelevant information This very readable biography merges the public and private life to create a greater understanding of the rise of Lyndon Johnson from the common man in Texas, to one of our greatest presidents.I have rarely found a biography to be a can t put it down book I h [...]

    14. I really enjoyed reading this book Growing up, I had always had a vague notion of Lyndon Johnson being a vile person probably mostly because of the picking his dog up by the ears incident, with smatterings of Vietnam which I was removed from as my parents uncles parent s friends were too young to be effected Although he is revealed to be a liar and a scoundrel, the pleasure of this book is better understanding what an amazing strategist he was and that his strategy was often used for the good of [...]

    15. Not as extensive or interesting as Caro s volumes, but Kearns adds her own psychological and political analyses that makes for a gripping read.

    16. Friends from Austin brought my wife and I to visit the LBJ Ranch and park in Stonewall, Texas The book was available, and I felt compelled to read it, as I have enjoyed the author, Doris Kearns Goodwin in Team of Rivals The book was easy to read in light of the visit to the ranch I hasten to add we were also taken to a play, The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan The author makes a solid case explaining LBJ as a product of his circumstances Yet one might conclude that LBJ s siblings should have h [...]

    17. Doris Kearns Goodwin has done an exceptional job with this historical bio of LBJ As a young Harvard Grad student who disagreed with LBJ on many policy issues, she nontheless went to work as a White House staffer The great writing she brought to No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals is found again here, except this time she has actual life experience and familiarity with the main character She details LBJ s humble origins in Texs, his father a small time politician who didn t achieve his goal of el [...]

    18. I happen to be interested in LBJ and also find Doris Kearns Goodwin s writing enjoyable to read What I learned from this book reinforced knowledge I already possessed about LBJ but also for me rounded out his life from a child to when he died Chosen by LBJ when she was a student at Harvard for a Fellows Program Kearns stayed on his life helping him write his memoirs which gave her an unusual opportunity to write a book both sympathetic to and yet critical of LBJ As a child, LBJ had a father in l [...]

    19. I just came back from a weeklong trip to Texas with My wife and a couple of friends to visit 3 presidential libraries Bush 41, Bush 43 and Lyndon Johnson Although all three were interesting, I found the LBJ library museum by far the best Not nearly as much flag waving and use of war exploits to glorify the presidents images We also visited the TX Book Depository where Oswald shot JFK, LBJ s family home and the TX White House where he relaxed and later died.I ve always enjoyed watching Ms Goodwin [...]

    20. Doris Kearns Goodwin has to be one of the most talented writers of historical books Her Team of Rivals was made into one of the best movies on Lincoln Of course, it helps when you have a Ph.D in political science I think to really understand Lyndon Johnson you may also need an advanced degree in psychology.Having read a few of Robert Caro s biographies of Johnson I thought I had a deep insight into Johnson But Goodwin does play the role of a psychologist in this book Lyndon Johnson while our mos [...]

    21. I received a prepublication copy of this book August 4, 2015 through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google pages along with NetGalley, and.I requested this book because I am have read several presidential biographies, but none on Lyndon Johnson I have also read several books by Doris Kearns Goodwin and found all of them to be well written and researched.This was very different from other presidential biographies that I [...]

    22. An interesting read, especially the earliest stuff about Johnson s ridiculous energy and ambition, and the latest stuff about Vietnam The Vietnam stuff just becomes depressing, because Johnson was doing so many good things domestically, and he just couldn t shake this awful war that kept getting worse and worse Like now, except not so much with the good things domestically It s a good lesson in the mindsets of the period too Sometimes today it s hard to put ourselves in these people s shoes, but [...]

    23. A meditation on the evolution of the American political system as much as an account of Johnson s life and times, Goodwin s book is a dense and daunting read The absorbing and riveting personal narratives of Team of Rivals are somewhat missing in this earlier historical work of Goodwin s Instead, Goodwin revisits again a much psychological interpretation of a president, exploring his mommy issues and his recurring dreams My take aways Johnson was well intentioned and by his own metrics, did go [...]

    24. Anyone interested in Lyndon Johnson, or the American presidency in general, needs to read this book Kearns Goodwin takes readers into the world of this controversial, flawed, and often misunderstood president A complete portrait of Lyndon Johnson is not complete without this book Unfortunately, the author does not elaborate very much on the cultural context surrounding the years of Johnson s presidency This is likely a result of the book originally being published in 1976 when the decade of the [...]

    25. LBJ was an interesting politician during one of the most interesting times in US History LBJ accomplished many admirable goals and had many dismal failures during his tenure in Washington This books offers a fairly intimate view of LBJ and what led to some of his actions I can appreciate it for that It could have been better.Doris Kearns Goodwin took someone, who is well known for being an outright son of a bitch, and tried to make him look an ambitious, jolly fellow with a boatload of mommy iss [...]

    26. I was disappointed with this book Contrasting this work with the Michael Caro books, she does not go into great depth of the forces surrounding Johnson and the men who helped shaped his life an views Dois Kearns had unprecedented access to him as a former aide Where Michael Caro ends with Lyndon Johnson becoming vice president, the author really starts with the VP years leading up to the Presidency Good overall work but not with the depth of Michael Caro This was surprising to me as I have read [...]

    27. I like Doris Goodwin s books My favorite is Team of Rivals that she wrote This is one of her earlier books and is of an official biography She was asked to write this and had a lot of time with Lyndon Johnson during the last few years of his life He is a tough subject to write about, because of his tendency to exaggerate and tell stories he absolutely believed in, but weren t true So the bulk of the book focuses on his career in the Senate and as President, with very little about his earlier li [...]

    28. Johnson grew up less than an hour away from Wimberley, Texas, where I live, and his fascinating personality and behavior has been a keen interest of mine for several years I somehow missed this book when it was written in the 70 s I had no idea that Doris Kearns Goodwin had first hand experience with Johnson from the time she was a young intern through his retirement years at the ranch She is possibly my favorite talking head and one of my favorite writers, and this book is incredibly rich and i [...]

    29. Goodwin analyzes the conflicting relationships Lyndon Johnson had with each of his parents and how those formed his psyche She explains that his talents and needs formed his understanding of the institutions in which he worked, from student jobs to national politics, and why he was a genius in the Senate but not so well suited to the Presidency He was a fascinating, likable, difficult, and in some ways tragic person.

    30. I enjoy learning about America s past presidents and Johnson was one of the interesting I ve read about Kearns Goodwin is forgiving of his negative personality traits than I probably would be Nonetheless it s instructive to learn about how he used his overwhelming ambition to gain power and how he used it once he got it.

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