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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I'm obsessed!!!!!

For about the fifth time in my life I am officially obsessed with the life and legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson, one of the great political figures of the 20th Century. Having not touched a book about LBJ since the late 1990s (With the exception of Robert Caro's Master of the Senate which came out in 20002), this week I've emerssed myself once again in both of Michael Bescloss' books on the LBJ's White House tapes as well as multiple biographies by Robert Dallek, and the single volume works of Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Unger, and Joseph Califano.

Given this reality, it is very likely my posts in upcoming weeks are going to be viewed from a Johnsonian perspective which could make things very interesting.


Anonymous said...

You are obssessed with the most psycopathetic lying SOB to ever hold the high office of President (besides Bill Clinton). Your credibility is shot.

Mark said...

If you're going to talk about psychopathic (nice spelling right-wing idiot) lying SOBs you can't leave out George W. Bush and of course the most criminal chief executive this country has had, except for maybe Nixon, that bum Ronald Reagan.

Not only was Reagan a coward, but he was a crook too!

Anonymous said...


I've read a lot of LBJ bios as well, and I think Califano's is probably the most insightful and least praised of the lot.

In today's drive-though society most people can't take the time to understand nuance. In an age of attack dog politics only the most revolting sound-bite is heard above the din [i.e. "psycopatetic" (sic)].

These folks will never appreciate the darkness, the light nor the shades of gray, that were LBJ's life and are his legacy.

Fortunately, there have been many, like the authors you mentioned, who have kept his spirit and story alive.

For the rest there will always be polemics penned by such literary titans as John Gibson, Bill O'Reily and Rush Limbaugh.

Megga dittos Kartik!!


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