For more than two decades, Richard B. Russell of Georgia and Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas wielded immense influence on major national decisions affecting the political life of the United States. The changing political and personal relationship of these two extraordinarily powerful men is engagingly described in Colleagues.Russell, a prestigious senator and leader of the Senate's Southern bloc, became Johnson's mentor and friend on Capitol Hill, and their interactions -- as allies and sometimes as adversaries -- continued into Johnson's presidency. But their close friendship eventually fell victim to Johnson's civil rights and Vietnam policies, as well as to a minor patronage squabble. Goldsmith, a longtime UPI reporter and syndicated columnist, who knew both men well, traces their relationship through such events as the McCarthy censure, the 1957 and 1964 civil rights acts, the Kennedy assassination, and the Vietnam War. With information taken from notes made by Russell himself, as well as oral history accounts and other original sources, Goldsmith has produced a comprehensive account of friendship that had significant ramifications for twenty years of the nation's history.Finally, Goldsmith offers a concluding chapter based on the just-released White House tapes of both the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. New insights and information about the Russell and Johnson relationships are available for the first time.
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Few men wielded more influence over the politics of their day than Richard Russell of Georgia and Lyndon Johnson of Texas. Russell, as the intellectual and political leader of the Southern bloc in the Senate, was Johnson's friend and mentor on Capitol Hill; but the friendship did not survive Johnson's presidency, when tensions between them increased and a patronage squabble precipitated an angry break. Colleagues describes their tangled and changing relationship through such events as the McCarthy censure, the 1957 and 1964 Civil Rights Acts, the Vietnam War, and the Kennedy assassination. With information gleaned from copious notes made by Russell himself, as well as oral history accounts and other original sources, Goldsmith provides a comprehensive and engaging account of a friendship that had significant ramifications for the nation's governance. Colleagues also serves to demonstrate how political and personal friendships are created, shaped, and sometimes destroyed by the pressures and stresses of today's national political forum. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Mercer University Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110865546177