Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 Volume 1 by Robert DallekLone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 Volume 1 by Robert Dallek

Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 Volume 1

byRobert Dallek

Hardcover | February 1, 1981

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Like other great figures of 20th-century American politics, Lyndon Johnson defies easy understanding. An unrivaled master of vote swapping, back room deals, and election-day skulduggery, he was nevertheless an outspoken New Dealer with a genuine commitment to the poor and the underprivileged. With aides and colleagues he could be overbearing, crude, and vindictive, but at other times shy, sophisticated, and magnanimous. Perhaps columnist Russell Baker said it best: Johnson "was a character out of a Russian novel...a storm of warring human instincts: sinner and saint, buffoon andstatesman, cynic and sentimentalist." But Johnson was also a representative figure. His career speaks volumes about American politics, foreign policy, and business in the forty years after 1930. As Charles de Gaulle said when he came to JFK's funeral: Kennedy was America's mask, but this man Johnson is the country's real face. In Lone Star Rising, Robert Dallek, winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his study of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now turns to this fascinating "sinner and saint" to offer a brilliant, definitive portrait of a great American politician. Based on seven years of research in over 450 manuscriptcollections and oral histories, as well as numerous personal interviews, this first book in a two-volume biography follows Johnson's life from his childhood on the banks of the Pedernales to his election as vice-president under Kennedy. We see Johnson, the twenty-three-year-old aide to a pamperedmillionaire Representative, become a de facto Congressman, and at age twenty-eight the country's best state director of the National Youth Administration. We see Johnson, the "human dynamo," first in the House and then in the Senate, whirl his way through sixteen- and eighteen-hour days, talking,urging, demanding, reaching for influence and power, in an uncommonly successful congressional career. Dallek pays full due to Johnson's failings--his obsession with being top dog, his willingness to cut corners, and worse, to get there-- but he also illuminates Johnson's sheer brilliance as a politician, the high regard in which key members of the New Deal, including FDR, held him, and hisgenuine concern for minorities and the downtrodden. No president in American history is currently less admired than Lyndon Johnson. Bitter memories of Vietnam have sent Johnson's reputation into free fall, and recent biographies have painted him as a scoundrel who did more harm than good. Lone Star Rising attempts to strike a balance. It doesnot neglect the tawdry side of Johnson's political career, including much that is revealed for the first time. But it also reminds us that Lyndon Johnson was a man of exceptional vision, who from early in his career worked to bring the South into the mainstream of American economic and politicallife, to give the disadvantaged a decent chance, and to end racial segregation for the well-being of the nation.
Robert Dallek is Professor of History of the University of California, Los Angeles. 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.
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Title:Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 Volume 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:736 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Robert Dalleck, winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize, offers a brilliant portrait of one of this century's great American politicians--Lyndon Johnson. The first of a two-volume biography, Lone Star Rising deals with Johnson's childhood through his election to the Vice Presidency under Kennedy. Based on years of manuscript research, oral histories, and numerous personal interviews, this remarkable biography defines Johnson as never before--as a complex and representative figure with a penchant for both good and bad. 30 halftones

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"A triumphant portrait of Lyndon Johnson as rich and oversized and complex as the nation that shaped him. It should stand for years to come as the most rounded portrait we have of this compelling, formidable, flawed giant. This is biography in the grand style."--Doris Kearns Goodwin. "Dallekoffers a more focused, balanced, and traditional view of Johnson [than Caro], and his work may emerge as the standard LBJ biography....His work is the product of seven years of careful research, and the concluding volume will be eagerly awaited."--Library Journal.