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Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History

 
 
Author
Michael L. Gillette.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780199908080
Pages/Publication Date 400/2012
Daedalus Item Code 50843
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Over a span of 18 years, Lady Bird Johnson recorded 47 oral history interviews with Michael Gillette and his colleagues at the LBJ Library's Oral History Program. These conversations form the heart of this informal, candid story about a shy young country girl's transformation into one of America's most effective and admired First Ladies.

"A crisp and absurdly endearing book.... What's so uniquely winning about Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, and what makes me grateful to have picked it up, are the old-fashioned and now threadbare virtues it evokes and relentlessly champions. You will find yourself ennobled by Johnson's example and may wield this book like a sunlit talisman against your post-holiday depression."NYTimes

"Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library's oral history program, has selected and edited these interviews, but the book belongs to Lady Bird Johnson. It captures her celebrated warmth, independence, pride in her own and her husband's achievements, and her ability to stand back and honestly assess her own and his motives, successes, and failures.... Anyone interested in LBJ's election to Congress and his leadership of the Senate, Texas politics, the Johnsons' radio station, the crisis of Kennedy's assassination, and the Vietnam War will find Mrs. Johnson's reflections, from intimate knowledge, informative, delightful, and often riveting."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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