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"...The first volume of Robert Caro's protracted meditation on the dark side of Lyndon Johnson, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power, was published 20 years ago to almost universal acclaim. There was plenty about Caro's portrait of the young man on the make to offend Johnson loyalists, but his vivid presentation of the Texas Hill Country in the pre-electric era and his finely drawn character sketch of LBJ's political mentor, U.S..."
"...Lady Bird Johnson's name is never far from the mind of an Austinite. We walk around the lake christened in her honor, make seasonal pilgrimages to her Wildflower Center, and the sight of banks of bluebonnets on either side of I-35 excites little proclamations of thanks to the First Lady who put environmental issues on the map..."
"...What do Lyndon Johnson and Groucho Marx have in common?..."
"...In trucks, in cars, in buses and even coaches, they came to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum to say farewell to Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson. Most of them probably wouldn't recognize the name..."
"...Given all this, Robert S. McNamara, the former secretary of defense under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, may prove to be Morris’ ultimate interview "get." Morris, like others who came of age in the Sixties during the years of the American involvement in the war in Vietnam, probably still harbors a deep and abiding anger for McNamara, who is often described as the "architect" of the American policy in Vietnam..."
"...It's a piece of political lore that Lyndon Baines Johnson would hold court with the bathroom door open. "That's a true thing," said Rob Reiner..."
"...(Herman, easily the best sit-down comic in the Capitol press corps, observed in one dispatch that "Spot's possible selection as first dog-elect is now on the line.") Beyond the sartorial remake Herman described, his Nov. 11 ranch dispatch describes an event reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson's visits to his Hill Country ranch:..."
"...There is Teddy Roosevelt, who buys Woods' horses for his Rough Riders. Sam Johnson, who marries Laura's friend Rebekah..."
"...Channing endeared herself to Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson when the title song from Hello, Dolly! was reworked into a campaign song for LBJ's 1964 re-election bid. That led to a deep friendship between the performer and the Johnson family...."
"...And, of course, the play's protagonist not only has deep roots in Central Texas, he retains a towering, even mythic presence in this city four decades after his death. That would be Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States..."
"...He's spent his life chasing power, battling his way up through the ranks of elected governmental bodies state and federal, and at the moment he makes the observation above, he has just been thrust into the greatest seat of power in the land and, arguably, the world – a move precipitated by the sudden strike of an assassin's bullet. His name is Lyndon Baines Johnson...."
"...AC: The book works as a history, as an analysis of an historical phenomenon, and also as a polemic about Texas business and politics. Its roots are really in Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Party, and it ends obviously with the Bushes and the Republicans..."
"...Lady Bird Johnson hasalways recalled that her black nurse Alice Tittle gave her her nickname when she was two years old, because she was, Tittle said, "'purty as a lady bird.'" Jan Jarboe Russell, a contributing editor at Texas Monthly who has recently published Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson (Scribner, $26 hard), doesn't leave that tidy package of a memory unwrapped..."
"...(This was back when voters -- who numbered fewer than 10,000 and who had to pay a poll tax -- picked their favorite five candidates off the ballot.) Miller got 52% and came in third but was immediately elected mayor by his colleagues. His council's first act was to fire unpopular City Manager Adam Johnson, who -- like the city charter intended, then and now -- presumed the authority to actually make the day-to-day decisions at City Hall..."
"...Johnson City's fortunes have been tied to the Johnson family for most of its 120-year history. The small town's historic preservation board would like to use the upcoming birthday celebration for the former president as a reminder to local residents and visitors of the town's place in history...."
"...Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park, west of Johnson City, honors the diversity of the Hill Country as well as the life of the 36th president..."
"...Normally, a book with a page count coming in just shy of 600 pages would not be lauded for its brevity and compactness, but when the subject is a giant like Lyndon Johnson, an exception is warranted. Aside from that laudable aspect, LBJ: A Life, by Irwin Unger and Debi Unger, is a biography that stands on its own merits, presenting a comprehensive, objective, and insightful chronicle of LBJ's life and career from cradle to grave -- which is a mighty big job when you think about it...."
"...Roosevelt, and 11 presidents later stands as one of the grandest, most remarkable American women living. She became a speechwriter and media advisor to Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson and personal secretary to Lady Bird Johnson during the LBJ administration and then stepped into the front ranks of the women's movement..."
"...It secured the future of his company. And it led to other big projects that provided the funds to elect Lyndon Johnson to the U.S..."
"...As raw and unintentionally unkind as it sounds, the presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson issued from the same barrel that killed JFK. His first inauguration occurred aboard Air Force One in Dallas..."