Lady Bird and Lyndon

Lady Bird and Lyndon

The Hidden Story of A Marriage That Made A President

Book - 2015
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This "smartly written...stunning" ( The Boston Globe ) portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, and ballast for her husband Lyndon offers "a penetrating analysis...of a marriage that paired two complicated but devoted figures, a coupling that changed the face of America" ( Richmond Times-Dispatch ).

Marriage is the most underreported story in political life, yet it is often the key to its success. Historian Betty Boyd Caroli spent seven years exploring the archives of the LBJ Library, interviewing dozens of people, and mining never-before-released letters between Lady Bird and Lyndon. The result "redefines the First Lady as an iron fist in a white glove" ( Vanity Fair ) and helps explain how the talented, but flawed Lyndon Baines Johnson ended up making history.

Lady Bird grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, they married within weeks with a tacit agreement: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses. The conventional story goes that Lyndon married Lady Bird for her money and demeaned her by flaunting his many affairs, and that her legacy was protecting the nation's wildflowers. But Caroli shows that she was also the one who swooped in to make the key call to a donor, to keep the team united, to campaign in hostile territory, and to jump-start Lyndon out of his paralyzing dark moods.

In Lady Bird and Lyndon , Caroli restores Lady Bird to her rightful place in history. But she also tells a love story whose compromises and edifying moments many women will recognize.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439191231
1439191239
9781439191224
1439191220
9781439191248
Branch Call Number: 921 JOHNSON, LADY BIRD
Characteristics: viii, 463 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Nov 13, 2015

Thank the gods for Lady Bird, without her, Lyndon's administration might not have ever functioned, and then the end to the financial tax on speculation [1966] might never have occurred; Operation Brother Sam, to put in place a military coup with the overthrow of their democratically elected government in Brazil might never have occurred, the attack on the USS Liberty, in a failed attempt to give a false excuse for America to occupy Egypt might never have occurred [34 dead Americans, thanks LBJ and Lady Birdie]; the phony Tonkin Gulf might never have occurred, with the subsequent Vietnam War [over 58,000 Americans dead, many, many more wounded, millions of Vietnamese dead]; the amendment to the Banking Act, allowing American banks to own foreign banks, laying the foundation for the global banking cartel might never have occurred, the CIA's successful coup in Indonesia [with between one-half million to one million dead Indonesians], and during Johnson's [and Nixon's] administration, the creation of offshore tax havens, today called offshore finance centers, to draw in US dollars and allow for international drug money laundering - - thusly providing, and encouraging, the increase in global drug dealing, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera - - yup, a whole bunch of thanks from all the deceased, murdered souls, thanks to Lady Birdie and Lyndon - - and BTW, who was Lyndon's defense policy advisor? Henry Kissinger, of course!

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howiecat
Nov 13, 2015

I had a lot of curiosity about Lady Bird. Read lots about Lyndon. I really enjoyed the book. She was so much more then I knew about. I knew her whole life was Lyndon but didn't know the great contribution she made to keep him stable. Also, maintain many households. A excellent business woman, not a great mother until Lyndon dies. She was only 60 when Lyndon dies and apparently has a successful life "after Lyndon". Unique woman. I enjoyed it.

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