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Lady Bird Johnson


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Introduction Chapter 1: Childhood Memories Chapter 2: Education, 1924-1934 Chapter 3: A Whirlwind Courtship Chapter 4: 1934-1937, A Future in Politics? Chapter 5: In Congress, 1937-1940 Chapter 6: 1941, "A Learning Experience" Chapter 7: 1942, Managing the Congressional Office Chapter 8: Nesting and Investing, 1942-1943 Chapter 9: War Years, 1943-1945 Chapter 10: "A Grinding Occupation," 1946-1947 Chapter 11: "The Hardest Years of Our Lives," 1948 Chapter 12: LBJ in the Senate Chapter 13: A Senate Wife Chapter 14: The LBJ Ranch Chapter 15: The Loyal Opposition, 1953-1955 Chapter 16: "Toward the Liberal Side", 1956-1959 Chapter 17: 1960, The Point of No Return Chapter 18: Vice Presidency: "A Pebble in a Shoe" Chapter 19: The White House Years Afterword Appendix: Lady Bird Johnson's Oral History Interviews Bibliographical Note Index

About the Author

Michael L. Gillette directed the LBJ Library's Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991. He later served as director of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and is currently the executive director of Humanities Texas in Austin. He is the author of Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History.


"A crisp and absurdly endearing book... What's so uniquely winning about Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, and what makes me grateful to have picked it up, are the old-fashioned and now threadbare virtues it evokes and relentlessly champions. You will find yourself ennobled by Johnson's example and may wield this book like a sunlit talisman against your post-holiday depression." --Dwight Garner, New York Times "Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library's oral history program, has selected and edited these interviews, but the book belongs to Lady Bird Johnson. It captures her celebrated warmth, independence, pride in her own and her husband's achievements, and her ability to stand back and honestly assess her own and his motives, successes, and failures.... Anyone interested in LBJ's election to Congress and his leadership of the Senate, Texas politics, the Johnsons's radio station, the crisis of Kennedy's assassination, and the Vietnam War will find Mrs. Johnson's reflections, from intimate knowledge, informative, delightful, and often riveting." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "[I]t is clear that Gillette is a master interviewer who is familiar and comfortable with his interviewee. ... The depth and detail of Johnson's memories are truly amazing, and her journalistic education shines through in her vivid descriptions of places, events, and emotions. ... [Gillette's] ability to seamlessly intertwine Lady Bird's recollections with those of others is one of the most impressive aspects of this book." --Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association "Here's history at its best-as seen firsthand by a charming, clever, and canny woman. Lady Bird Johnson's voice, often funny and always elegant, rings out through these pages. A wonderfully readable book filled with unique insights about some of the most powerful people of the 20th century." --Cokie Roberts, political journalist and author of Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty

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