Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President

Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President Review

Robert Dallek's brilliant two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson has received an avalanche of praise. Michael Beschloss, in The Los Angeles Times, said that it "succeeds brilliantly." The New York Times called it "rock solid" and The Washington Post hailed it as "invaluable." And Sidney Blumenthal in The Boston Globe wrote that it was "dense with astonishing incidents."

Now Dallek has condensed his two-volume masterpiece into what is surely the finest one-volume biography of Johnson available. Based on years of research in over 450 manuscript collections and oral histories, as well as numerous personal interviews, this biography follows Johnson, the "human dynamo," from the Texas hill country to the White House. We see LBJ, in the House and 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. Then, in the White House, we see Johnson as the visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no president before or since, enacting a range of crucial legislation, from Medicare and environmental protection to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see the depth of Johnson's private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam.

In these pages Johnson emerges as a man of towering intensity and anguished insecurity, of grandiose ambition and grave self-doubt, a man who was brilliant, crude, intimidating, compassionate, overbearing, driven: "A tornado in pants." Gracefully written and delicately balanced, this

Title:Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President
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    Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President Reviews

  • Paul Bryant

    Robert Carol has so far written 4 volumes of biography of Lyndon Johnson and has not yet completed his task – in page numbers it’s 960 + 592 + 1232 + 736 = 3510. Robert Dallek has written a comple...

  • Steve

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2017...“Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President” is Robert Dallek’s 2004 abridgment of his two-volume series on LBJ which was published between 1991 and 1998....

  • Frank Theising

    I wasn’t ready to tackle any of the popular multi-volume works on LBJ. I found Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President to be a good introductory book on the subject. It offers a fairly comprehens...

  • Alan Tomkins-Raney

    LBJ’s “substantial impact on all our lives has made searching out his motives all the more compelling.” The author nailed it there. LBJ was an outsized political force, and he has had a huge inf...

  • Judy Baker

    I had completed Dallek's biography of JFK, and found that book to be a bit boring, I was dreading taking up his biography on Lyndon B Johnson. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Dallek had wr...

  • Cheryll

    This is an abridged version of Dalleks 2 volume version, and thankful for that. I have been putting off reading about President Johnson for years as I new it would be tough having grown up during this...

  • Brit

    If you want a good biography on LBJ, look elsewhere. This book lacked a clear narrative arc and the chronology bounced around....

  • David Corleto-Bales

    Finally finished with this 1,000 page sucker. Lyndon Johnson was president for 5 years and 59 days, but it seemed twice as long because of his 18 hour days. I was partly greatly impressed with Dallek'...

  • Riley

    This is a good single-volume account of Lyndon Johnson's life, but meaning no offense, Robert Dallek is no Robert Caro. ...

  • Pete daPixie

    Not easy for me to give Dallek's biography of LBJ a decent shake. 'Lyndon B. Johnson-Portrait of a President' (2004) is the abridged history decanted from 'Lone Star Rising' (1991) and 'Flawed Giant' ...