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- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 36mm | 499g
- Publication date: 31 July 1991
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0312060270
- ISBN 13: 9780312060275
- Sales rank: 142,592
Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, first encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 1967, she became fascinated by the man - his character, his enormous energy and drive, and how he wielded them into his endless pursuit of power. As a member of his White House staff, she soon became his personal confidante, and in the years before his death he revealed himself to her as he did to no other. "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream" takes us through the vast landscape of Johnson's political and personal life: from his childhood, dominated by an indulgent mother and a hell-raising politico father, through his early political victories and the ideals that inspired them; from the Washington system that trained him, through his election as Vice President and the transitional year, 1964, when JFK's assassination brought him to the highest office in the land; from remarkable talents that brought him triumph, to the inner demons that tormented him and the flaws that engendered his ultimate tragedy. This is a work of biography like few others: With uncanny insight and a richly engrossing style, the author has rendered LBJ in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin, the celebrated historian who is also the author of "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" and other bestsellers, has written a new foreword for this edition of" Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream." She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three sons.
"The most penetrating, fascinating political biography I have ever read . . . No other President has had a biographer who had such access to his private thoughts."--"The New York Times" "Magnificent, brilliant, illuminating . . . A profound analysis of both the private and the public man."--"Miami Herald" "Kearns has made Lyndon Johnson so whole, so understandable that the impact of the book is difficult to describe. It might have been called 'The Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, ' for he comes to seem nothing so much as a figure out of Greek tragedy."--"Houston Chronicle" "Johnson's every word and deed is measured in an attempt to understand one of the most powerful yet tragic of American Presidents."--"Chicago Tribune" "A fine and shrewd book . . . Extraordinary . . . Poignant . . . The best [biography of LBJ] we have to date."--"Boston Globe" "An extraordinary portrait of a generous, devious, complex, and profoundly manipulative man . . . [Kearns Goodwin] became the custodian not only of LBJ's political lore but of his memories, hopes, and nightmares . . . We have it all laid out for us in this wrenchingly intimate analysis of a man who virtues, like his faults, were on a giant scale."--"Cosmopolitan" "Absorbing and sympathetic, warts and all."--"The Washington Post" "A grand and fascinating portrait of a most complicated, haunted, and here appealing man."--"The Village Voice" "Vivid . . . No other book is likely to offer a sharper, more intimate portrait of Lyndon Johnson in his full psychic undress."--"Newsweek" "Powerful, first-rate, gratifying . . . [The author] has proven herself worthy of Lyndon Johnson's trust; for by sharing his fears and dreams with us, she has helped us to understand no just one man, but an era, and ultimately ourselves."--"Newsday"