Lady Bird Johnson Hiding in Plain Sight

Lady Bird Johnson  Hiding in Plain Sight
Author: Julia Sweig
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780812995909
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Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson had a decision to make. Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstances--following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy--he had decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The memo she produced for him, long overlooked by biographers, is just one revealing example of how their marriage was truly a decades long political partnership and emblematic of her own political acumen. Perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the twentieth century, Lady Bird Johnson was also one of the most accomplished. Managing the White House in years of national upheaval, through the civil rights movement, and the escalation of the Vietnam War, Lady Bird projected a sense of calm and, following the glamorous and modern Jackie Kennedy, an old-fashioned image of a First Lady. In truth, she was anything but. As the first First Lady to run the East Wing like a professional office--and one with a significant budget--she took on her own policy initiatives, including the most ambitious national environmental effort since Teddy Roosevelt. Occupying the White House during the beginning of the women's liberation movement, she hosted professional women from all walks of life, encouraging women everywhere to pursue their own careers, even if her own style and official role was to lead by supporting others. Where no presidential biographer has understood the full impact of Lady Bird Johnson's work in the White House, Julia Sweig draws on Lady Bird's own voice in her White House diaries to place her at center stage and to reveal a woman ahead of her time--and an accomplished politician in her own right"--

Lady Bird

Lady Bird
Author: Jan Jarboe Russell
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781501152887
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Release: 2016-10-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson exposes startling insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson—and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency. Long obscured by her husband’s shadow, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson emerges in this first comprehensive biography as a figure of surprising influence and the centering force for LBJ, a man who suffered from extreme mood swings and desperately needed someone to help control his darker impulses. Expertly researched and written, Lady Bird draws from rare conversations with the former First Lady and from interviews with key members of Johnson’s inner circle of friends, family, and advisers. With chapters such as “Motherless Child,” “A Ten-Week Affair,” and “LBJ’s Midlife Crisis,” Lady Bird sheds light on Mrs. Johnson’s childhood, on her amazing acumen as a businesswoman, and on the central role she played in her husband’s life and political career. A vital link to the Kennedys during LBJ’s uneasy tenure as vice president and a voice of conscience on civil rights, Jan Jarboe Russell reveals Lady Bird as a political force. In this intimate portrait, Russell shows us the private Lady Bird—not only a passionate conservationist but a remarkable woman who greatly influenced her husband, his administration, and the country.

Lady Bird Johnson That s Who

Lady Bird Johnson  That s Who
Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9781250828651
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Release: 2021-02-23
Editor: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! is Tracy Nelson Maurer's lively picture book biography of Lady Bird Johnson, with a focus on her environmentalist passion and legacy as First Lady. Who fought to stop pollution? Who helped make America cleaner and greener? Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! Claudia Alta Taylor was a lonely girl, shy as a butterfly growing up in Texas. She never dreamed she'd blossom into a visionary leader whose love for wildflowers, beautiful landscapes, and building community compelled her to lead the effort to combat pollution in the United States. A lifelong environmentalist, Lady Bird Johnson embraced her platform as First Lady to promote policy that beautified America’s roadways, waterways and parks, inspiring people to take pride in the places they live. With elements of women’s history, civics, and conservationism, this is a timely and informative picture book biography.

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
Author: Michael L. Gillette
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780199908080
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Release: 2012-12-06
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A fascinating look at the life of Lady Bird Johnson draws largely on 47 recorded oral history interviews, conducted by the author and his colleagues over a span of 18 years.

Lady Bird and Lyndon

Lady Bird and Lyndon
Author: Betty Boyd Caroli
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781439191224
Available:
Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Marriage is the most underreported story in political life and yet is often the key to its success. This is the idea driving a revealing new portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and ballast for Lyndon...[A] biography of a political partnership that helps explain how the wildly talented but deeply flawed Lyndon Baines Johnson ended up making history..."--P. [2] of jacket.

Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment

Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment
Author: Lewis L. Gould,Visiting Distinguished Professor Lewis L Gould
Pages: 312
ISBN: UOM:39015006600103
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Release: 1988
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gould (American history, U. of Texas-Austin) has dusted off, updated, and thinned his 1988 Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment to kick off the new series on the wives of US presidents. He draws on Johnson's White House papers and interviews with her and her close associates to argue that she was one of the most politically active First Ladies though her concern with the environment was overshadowed by protests against the Vietnam War. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Miss Lady Bird s Wildflowers

Miss Lady Bird s Wildflowers
Author: Kathi Appelt
Pages: 40
ISBN: 0060011084
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Release: 2005-03-01
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps. From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers. In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.

White House Diary

White House Diary
Author: Jimmy Carter
Pages: 592
ISBN: 1429990651
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Release: 2010-09-20
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter--filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages. But this extraordinary document has never been made public--until now. By carefully selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries, Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, sustainable energy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Ted Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin. We get the inside story of his so-called "malaise speech," his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Remarkably, we also get Carter's retrospective comments on these topics and more: thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons learned. Carter is now widely seen as one of the truly wise men of our time. Offering an unprecedented look at both the man and his tenure, White House Diary is a fascinating book that stands as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
Author: Sneed B. Collard
Pages: 48
ISBN: 0761445021
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Release: 2010-01-15
Editor: Marshall Cavendish
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

It's not easy to find biographies that truly appeal to very young readers. Perhaps it's because they take a special talent to write! What's needed is an author who can distill a lot of complicated facts into clear, simple concepts, add a touch of warmth and humor, and create a story that a little kid won't want to put down. Add to the mix some lovely child-friendly art set in a framework of pastels and that's Benchmark's American Heroes. These charming titles, all carefully researched and well-documented, will fire the imaginations of young readers and help set them on a lifelong path to learning.

Miss Lady Bird s Wildflowers

Miss Lady Bird s Wildflowers
Author: Kathi Appelt
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780060011079
Available:
Release: 2005-02-15
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps. From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers. In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
Author: Joanne Mattern
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781617848193
Available:
Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: ABDO Publishing Company
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

This book introduces young readers to the life of Lady Bird Johnson, beginning with her childhood in Karnack, Texas. Readers will become familiar with her kind heart as they learn about her years at the University of Texas, her marriage to Lyndon Johnson, and her time running KTBC radio station. Details of Mrs. JohnsonÍs time as First Lady, including her support of civil rights, Head Start, and various campaigns to promote nature and wildlife, are also discussed. The book also notes when the National Wildflower Research Center was opened. Informative sidebars and full-color photos accompany easy-to-read, engaging text. Includes timeline, fun facts, index, and glossary.

Lady Bird and Lyndon

Lady Bird and Lyndon
Author: Betty Boyd Caroli
Pages: 463
ISBN: 9781439191231
Available:
Release: 2015
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"Marriage is the most underreported story in political life and yet is often the key to its success. This is the idea driving a revealing new portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and ballast for Lyndon...[A] biography of a political partnership that helps explain how the wildly talented but deeply flawed Lyndon Baines Johnson ended up making history..."--P. [2] of jacket.

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire
Author: Lawrence O'Donnell
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780399563157
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Release: 2017-11-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, the race that created American politics as we know it today The 1968 U.S. Presidential election was the young Lawrence O’Donnell’s political awakening, and in the decades since it has remained one of his abiding fascinations. For years he has deployed one of America’s shrewdest political minds to understanding its dynamics, not just because it is fascinating in itself, but because in it is contained the essence of what makes America different, and how we got to where we are now. Playing With Fire represents O’Donnell’s master class in American electioneering, embedded in the epic human drama of a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time. Nothing went according to the script. LBJ was confident he'd dispatch with Nixon, the GOP frontrunner; Johnson's greatest fear and real nemesis was RFK. But Kennedy and his team, despite their loathing of the president, weren't prepared to challenge their own party’s incumbent. Then, out of nowhere, Eugene McCarthy shocked everyone with his disloyalty and threw his hat in the ring to run against the president and the Vietnam War. A revolution seemed to be taking place, and LBJ, humiliated and bitter, began to look mortal. Then RFK leapt in, LBJ dropped out, and all hell broke loose. Two assassinations and a week of bloody riots in Chicago around the Democratic Convention later, and the old Democratic Party was a smoldering ruin, and, in the last triumph of old machine politics, Hubert Humphrey stood alone in the wreckage. Suddenly Nixon was the frontrunner, having masterfully maintained a smooth façade behind which he feverishly held his party’s right and left wings in the fold, through a succession of ruthless maneuvers to see off George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan, and the great outside threat to his new Southern Strategy, the arch-segregationist George Wallace. But then, amazingly, Humphrey began to close, and so, in late October, Nixon pulled off one of the greatest dirty tricks in American political history, an act that may well meet the statutory definition of treason. The tone was set for Watergate and all else that was to follow, all the way through to today. Playing With Fire is the perfect holiday gift!

Cuba

Cuba
Author: Julia E. Sweig
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780190620387
Available:
Release: 2016-05-25
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have obsessed about the nation ninety miles south of the Florida Keys. America's fixation on the tropical socialist republic has only grown over the years, fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's larger-than-life persona. Cubans are now a major ethnic group in Florida, and the exile community is so powerful that every American president has curried favor with it. But what do most Americans really know about Cuba itself? In this third edition of the widely hailed Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Julia Sweig updates her concise and remarkably accessible portrait of the small island nation. This edition contains a new foreword that discusses developments since Obama and Raul Castro announced the normalization of US-Cuba relations and restored formal diplomatic ties. A new final chapter discusses how normalization came to pass and covers Pope Francis' visit to Cuba, where he met with Fidel and Raul Castro. Expansive in coverage and authoritative in scope, the book looks back over Cuba's history since the Spanish American War before shifting to recent times. Focusing equally on Cuba's role in world affairs and its own social and political transformations, Sweig divides the book chronologically into the pre-Fidel era, the period between the 1959 revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, the post-Cold War era, and -- finally -- the post-Fidel era. Informative, pithy, and lucidly written, it is the best compact reference on Cuba's internal politics, its often fraught relationship with the United States, and its shifting relationship with the global community. What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

Reaching for Glory

Reaching for Glory
Author: Lyndon Baines Johnson,Michael R. Beschloss
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780743227148
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Release: 2002-11-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The second volume of Lyndon Johnson's secretly recorded White House conversations offers a portrait of the president during a crucial year of his administration.

Lady

Lady
Author: Jean Flynn
Pages: 148
ISBN: 0890158215
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Release: 1992
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Discusses the early years, marriage, and political campaigns and projects of Lady Bird Johnson.

Indomitable Will

Indomitable Will
Author: Mark K. Updegrove
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780307887719
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Release: 2012
Editor: Crown Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A comprehensive oral history of Johnson's presidency is presented in the words of the 36th President and some of his closest associates, offering insight into his perspectives on the sweeping changes affecting his time, from Medicare and civil rights to his anti-poverty legislation and the Vietnam War. By the author of Second Acts. 50,000 first printing.

Working

Working
Author: Robert A. Caro
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780593081914
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Release: 2020-01-07
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Turn every page" -- Robert Moses. The city-shaper ; Carbon footprint ; Sanctum sanctorum for writers -- Lyndon Johnson. LBJA ; "Why can't you do a biography of Napoleon?" ; Interviewing. "I lied under oath" : Luis Salas ; "Hell, no, he's not dead" : Vernon Whiteside ; "It's all there in black and white" : Ella So Relle ; "I wanted to be a citizen" : Margaret and David Frost ; "My eyes were just out on stems" : Lady Bird Johnson ; Tricks of the trade -- A sense of place -- Two songs -- The Paris Review interview.

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson
Author: Louann Atkins Temple
Pages: 92
ISBN: 1457524090
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Release: 2013-11
Editor: Dog Ear Publishing
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Lady Bird Johnson led an action-packed life. She married a complex man, who led her into the world of politics and put her on center stage before a worldwide audience. She believed her job as a wife was to support him; at the same time, her own interests called her to work for the environment, to help the disadvantaged, and to be a businesswoman. This is the story of a woman who belonged to the generation of stay-at-home wives but performed at the highest level of women-in-the-world. She did it by rising above her shyness and by being self-disciplined, with a problem-solving mind and a curiosity about the world and a love of its wonders so great that she could not let any of it pass her by untested-a woman who lived life fully, a woman worth studying and imitating. By the time she became First Lady, change was sweeping the country. Women wanted to be recognized for their abilities. Minorities claimed their rights to vote and go to the schools of their choice. Some began to recognize our responsibility to end poverty and to protect the environment. Lady Bird Johnson was at the forefront of these movements. After the presidency, she spent most of the next 38 years as a widow in her home state of Texas, where she created the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center to study ways to enhance and sustain the environment through the use of native plants. This courageous, activist First Lady died at age 94, a beloved and important American figure. In Lady Bird Johnson: Deeds Not Words, Louann Temple offers an insightful, inspiring portrait of the singular wife of the 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and perhaps our most underappreciated first lady. As she writes in the book's introduction, "If LBJ-Lyndon Baines Johnson-blew through through this country with the force of a tornado, LBJ-Lady Bird Johnson-embodied the force of a gentle breeze, and she, too, changed America." Mrs. Temple eloquently tells young readers why. Mark K. Updegrove Director Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library A lifelong Texan, with degrees in English and American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin, Louann Temple observed history firsthand when her husband served on President Lyndon Johnson's White House staff. She has been an active community volunteer, particularly in the arts and in education. Her interest in the arts led her to six years as a Texas Commissioner for the Arts and to write a master's thesis on presidential support for the arts. She has also written articles for The Handbook of Texas. Eager to remain close to her alma mater, she has served on Advisory Councils at the University of Texas for Liberal Arts and for UT Press.

Flawed Giant

Flawed Giant
Author: Robert Dallek
Pages: 754
ISBN: 9780195054651
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Release: 1998
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Based on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with Johnson's advisors and confidants, the author reveals the complexities of Lyndon Johnson during his presidency