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The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Paperback)) [Paperback]

Vaughn Davis Bornet

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31 Jan 1986 American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Paperback)
This comprehensive account of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential administration chronicles the unfolding of a truly formative American presidency. Bornet includes two chapters on Vietnam issues an one on LBJ's relations with the media. This volume is in the highly regarded American Presidency Series.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and insightful....and fair 29 May 2011
By Robert Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a great period of time for our country, this book goes deep into the impact of Johnson's presidency with some respect for his accomplishments but lots of angst for policies. I believe that this administration had more impact on our current times than any other and it's effect (both positive and negative) still cast a large shadow on America 40 years later. Yes, he did many great things for the poor and minorities but this book also explains how much legislation was passed and much bigger the federal government became after LBJ. That, I believe, is the biggest impact, and it's not good. I've read many presidential books from this series and this author was one of the more negative ones.. which I believe was fair. In summary, a very good review of an important president that affects us everyday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The author makes a few comments, in perspective 2 Jan 1999
By bornetvd@grrtech.com - Published on Amazon.com
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I am just a bit bemused by this opportunity. The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson was commissioned by University Press of Kansas as part of its Bicentennial Series evaluating all of our Presidents. Virtually every volume has appeared, thanks to the great prowess of Don McCoy, the famous history professor at University of Kansas. I brought to the contract experience co-authoring Herbert Hoover: President of the United States, and work on Franklin D. Roosevelt; there were also three volumes on social welfare and one on labor/politics, plus a stay at RAND and 4 l/2 years in WWII. And I taught contemporary problems courses as a historian/social scientist. Mainly, with my mandate plus my inclinations, I stuck with serious matters and minimized the jazzy and conventional portrayals of Johnson's personality and character. And I really worked hard on the Johnson archives (as then open to researchers). A Moderate Republican who voted for LBJ in 1964, I got only grudging endurance from the Library director, but great help from the professionals there. The book continues to sell, for it is comprehensive, and it ventures daring judgment throughout. Scholarly reviewers were more than generous, except for Kennedy-lovers, who have never accepted even basics about President Johnson. Although many tapes have been made available, candid memoirs long since acquainted persons like me with the so-called "real LBJ." I stand by my final chapter, "History Will Judge"--a quotation from Lyndon himself as he contemplated the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Scholarly Reviews 8 Jun 2012
By esholty - Published on Amazon.com
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The author's daughter provided me with these excerpts from reviews written at the time of this book's publication:

"Lyndon Johnson's unique personality lies at the center of this study, although the author does not intend the book as a biography.... One of the strengths of the book is its solid documentation. The thirty-one pages of notes and the bibliographical essay attest to the author's exhaustive examination of the available sources on the Johnson presidency.... The author has performed a very useful service." -Arthur F. McClure, Central Missouri State University, in Illinois Historical Journal

"...a worthwhile, scholarly effort... packed with facts which are related with well-thought-out interpretations.... even-handed... solid narrative... extensive research... more than adequate index." -James Smallwood, Oklahoma State University, in East Texas Historical Journal

"a balanced account" -John Braeman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in American Studies

"the most complete treatment to date of its subject." -Henry Graff, Columbia University, in The Presidents, A Reference History

"Bornet's book surprises with its saucy freshness, its balanced yet judgmental views.... The author's bibliographical essay is... unusually well informed and clarifying... it is a mature and exceedingly independent scholar's first-person judgment." -Hugh Davis Graham, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"Of all the books in the series, Bornet's volume is by far the longest and in the judgment of this reviewer is one of the best.... This book provides two sensitive and well-researched chapters on Vietnam issues.... an excellent chapter on the president's relations with the media.... a sympathetic but balanced appraisal.... The book reflects a total mastery of an extraordinary variety and quantity of literature and many hours of patient archival research. [It] is a very good book.... A generation of graduate students will be extremely grateful [for the bibliographical essay]." -Robert Burns, Notre Dame University, in The Review of Politics

"Overall, I consider the coverage of Vietnam the most useful segment of Bornet's book.... I... believe that he provides a faithful reflection of the opinions of a time. For this reason alone, [the book] deserves preservation and regard." -Kim McQuaid, Lake Erie College, in Journal of American History

"The coverage is thorough and the judgments are mostly balanced. It goes far in correcting the distorted image of the man and his presidency that most writers have presented thus far." -R. Alton Lee, University of South Dakota, in Journal of the West

"The book is a valuable institutional study, which places the participants and the issues of the time in sharp perspective. [It is] well balanced." -James G. Dickson, Stephen F. Austin State University, in Best Sellers

"a distinguished contribution to the series... lively quotes... a thorough combing of the secondary literature... lively asides... a new synthesis of failure and success, of continuity and change." -James A. Hodges, The College of Wooster, in History: Reviews of New Books

"sympathy does not cloud the author's judgment... he is always aware of the irony in the clash of noble intent, tough reality, and uncertain result.... its tone and maturity likely will influence Johnson studies for some time." -Danney Goble, Tulsa Jr. College, in Journal of Southern History

"It is quite possible that this book may become a landmark in Johnson historiography. It is a fine volume in itself... [with] detailed and exhaustive research.... The author provides some much needed balance on Vietnam.... The roads and rivers crossed prior to the end of the verbal journey are indeed thoughtful.... a very good book... a must purchase." -Philip Reed Rulon, Northern Arizona University, in Presidential Studies Quarterly

"Bornet's workmanlike history avoids all the temptations of sensationalism...." -University Publishing, New Books Supplement

"...for any reader who seeks an honest, complete picture.... a scholarly study... a restrained, balanced effort... a sympathetic treatment [of LBJ],... [but] it isn't a whitewash.... [a} good section on Vietnam.... [the] first full scholarly study.... The most comprehensive and even-handed work on the LBJ presidency that we have.... frequently thought-provoking.... [On the Great Society and the Vietnam War] his analysis in damning, all the more so for its bland impersonality.... a work that no one with a serious interest in this critical administration can afford to ignore." -Alonzo L. Hanby, Ohio Univeristy, in American Spectator

"...guaranteed to create instant controversy.... fair, judicious, and as comprehensive as we are likely to see [for some time].... the distillation of the massive amount of research.... seriously challenges older views." -G. L. Seligmann, Jr., North Texas State University, in Dallas Morning News

"...well-researched... balanced.... Based upon a methodical and exhaustive search of the Johnson archives as well as other pertinent materials.... a solid contribution to an understanding of an era...." -George W. Robinson, Eastern Kentucky University, in The Register, Kentucky Historical Society

"This solid study does not fall into the trap of using events as foils for a study in abnormal psychology. It treats the domestic and international aspects of Johnson's presidency with thorough seriousness...." -Foreign Affairs
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