Flawed Giant: Lyndon B. Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973

3.97 avg rating
( 341 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195054651: Flawed Giant: Lyndon B. Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Flawed Giant--the monumental concluding volume to Robert Dallek's biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson--provides the most through, engrossing account ever published of Johnson's years in the national spotlight. Drawing on hours of newly released White House tapes and dozens of interviews with people close to the President, Dallek reveals LBJ as a visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no chief executive before or since, and also displays the depth of his private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam. Writing in a clear, thoughtful, and evenhanded style, Dallek reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to ascend to the White House.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

In the opening pages of Flawed Giant, readers meet a downtrodden politician whose greatest ambition--the presidency--is tantalizingly close but seemingly out of reach. JFK's elder by almost 20 years, Johnson was a reluctant and unenthusiastic vice president. When he finally realized the office, his satisfaction there was marred by his difficulty in reconciling his deeply held beliefs and political expediency. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Lone Star Rising, biographer Robert Dallek concentrates on Johnson's White House years. In addition to expertly covering the major events of Johnson's presidency, Dallek probes lower-profile episodes that help expose Johnson's character. His agonizing search for a vice president in 1964 is one such example--in order to salve his ego, Johnson was adamant that he should win reelection without a Kennedy on the ticket and resisted both the Democratic party and Robert Kennedy right up until the convention.

Dallek is skilled at laying bare the man's complicated and even contradictory nature. At diplomacy, Johnson often seemed like a loud, brash American, yet successful trips to Southeast Asia and Africa as vice president prove his occasional adroitness in this area. One of Johnson's Achilles' heels, it seems, was paranoia; a firm believer in the fact that knowledge is power, Johnson rarely communicated his true intentions or feelings, even to his closest confidants or cabinet members, until the last. And he secretly tape-recorded thousands of conversations with people at all levels of government. Dallek avers that Johnson's impenetrability is the reason why much of his action on Vietnam defies explanation. And the dark cloud of the war now largely obfuscates Johnson's impressive congressional record. Careful to neither vilify nor deify his subject, Dallek devotes large sections of the book to both Vietnam and Johnson's major accomplishments in the area of reform and funding for programs such as civil rights, Medicare, clean air and water, the NEA, public broadcasting, and food stamps.

This engrossing biography is peppered throughout with snippets of its subject's trademark: colorfully idiomatic speech that brings him vibrantly to life. Based upon exclusive interviews with Lady Bird Johnson and Bill Moyers, as well as recently released papers and transcripts, Dallek's biography is a major contribution to the collective understanding of this man whose passions had a major impact on American society.

From the Back Cover:

Dallek takes us through Johnson's tumultuous years in the White House, his unprecedented accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall. Drawing on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with those closest to LBJ - including fresh insights from Lady Bird and his press secretary Bill Moyers - Dallek takes us behind the scenes to give us a portrait of Johnson that is at once even-handed and completely engrossing. 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, Clean Air and Water Acts, the establishment of the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities, and Public Broadcasting to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see for the first time the depth of Johnson's private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam, a war he did not want to expand and which destroyed his hopes for The Great Society and a second term.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780195132380: Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0195132386 ISBN 13:  9780195132380
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1999
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Robert Dallek
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195054652

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.68
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Robert Dallek
Published by Oxford University Press (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195054652

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Robert Dallek
Published by Oxford University Press (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GreggsBooks
(Fanwood, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This book is new and in mint condition. Seller Inventory # ABE-1526916063924

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Dallek, Robert
Published by OUP USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1998. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780195054651

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 101.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

FLAWED GIANT LYNDON JOHNSON AND HIS TIMES, 1961-1973 (HARDBACK) -
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: NEW. 9780195054651 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01580953

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 100.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.14
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Dallek, Robert
Published by OUP USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1998. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780195054651

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 102.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.44
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Dallek, Robert
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780195054651_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 113.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Robert Dallek
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1999. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Lone Star Rising, the first volume in Robert Dallek s biography of LBJ, was hailed as a triumphant portrait of Lyndon Johnson as rich and oversized and complex as the nation that shaped him . Now, in the final volume, Dallek takes us through Johnson s tumultuous years in the White House, his unprecedented accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall. In these pages Johnson emerges as a character of almost Shakespearean dimensions, a man riddled with contradictions, 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. Drawing on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with those closest to LBJ - including fresh insights from Ladybird and his press secretary Bill Moyers - Dallek takes us behind the scenes to give us a portrait of Johnson that is at once even-handed and completely engrossing. 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, environmental protection, and the establishment of the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see for the first time the depth of Johnson s private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam, a war he did not want to expand and which destroyed his hopes for The Great Society and a second term. Exhaustively researched and gracefully written, Flawed Giant reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to step on to the presidential stage. Seller Inventory # APC9780195054651

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 133.15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Robert Dallek
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1999. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Lone Star Rising, the first volume in Robert Dallek s biography of LBJ, was hailed as a triumphant portrait of Lyndon Johnson as rich and oversized and complex as the nation that shaped him . Now, in the final volume, Dallek takes us through Johnson s tumultuous years in the White House, his unprecedented accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall. In these pages Johnson emerges as a character of almost Shakespearean dimensions, a man riddled with contradictions, 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. Drawing on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with those closest to LBJ - including fresh insights from Ladybird and his press secretary Bill Moyers - Dallek takes us behind the scenes to give us a portrait of Johnson that is at once even-handed and completely engrossing. 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, environmental protection, and the establishment of the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see for the first time the depth of Johnson s private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam, a war he did not want to expand and which destroyed his hopes for The Great Society and a second term. Exhaustively researched and gracefully written, Flawed Giant reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to step on to the presidential stage. Seller Inventory # APC9780195054651

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 137.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Dallek, Robert
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195054652 ISBN 13: 9780195054651
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0195054652 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780195054651

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 148.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book