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Mcgyver5
Mcgyver5 is on page 66 of 592
Lyndon Johnson is a seriously damaged individual.
Aug 23, 2010 08:34AM Add a comment
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Mcgyver5
Mcgyver5 is on page 250 of 592
This is one of the best history books I've ever read. Captures the feel of Texas in the 1940s. Captures what a megalomaniac Johnson was. He chose people not for their competence, but for their potential for slavish devotion.
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Tommy Estlund
Tommy Estlund is on page 68 of 592
This book is a much more captivating read than my status would suggest. I am reading every little moment I get but...well, it's a big book.
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Michael
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David
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So far, from the introduction, I have learned that LBJ was a pathological liar. There are many things to despise about LBJ but consider the accomplishments of the Great Society. Good people don't necessarily make great (or even good) leaders. The author's question is a good one: do ends justify means?
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David
David is on page 50 of 592
Johnson wasn't just a pathological liar: he was pathologically unable to tell the truth -- about anything.
Sep 23, 2011 09:50AM Add a comment
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David
David is on page 56 of 592
Not much chance you like LBJ, let alone admire him: he made a point of point of publicly displaying him dominance over Lady Bird. This man who actually did a lot of good for America nevertheless turns my stomach.
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David
David is on page 119 of 592
The "loyalty" LBJ demanded was actually subservience.
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David
David is on page 240 of 592
LBJ was a mad man as early as his 1948 campaign for senator. Seriously mentally ill but with a mania to win. There's really NOTHING to admire.
Sep 28, 2011 09:56PM Add a comment
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David
David is on page 265 of 592
Crooked elections probably aren't as flagrantly rigged as they were in Texas in Johnson's time but vote buying and other things still go on, I suppose. In those days, even an honest politician might not have a chance unless he also cheated (not that Johnson was honest).
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David
David is on page 278 of 592
LBJ used every dirty trick in the book and then added several appendices full of new ones in his senatorial campaign of 1948.
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David
David is on page 339 of 592
The immense power behind LBJ's '48 senate election was Brown and Root -- the "BR" of "KBR" who made so much money during the Bush-Cheney regime. It's easy to imagine this campaign as a template for Bush's victory against Gore: a technical win accomplished by an unprecedented court action.
Oct 02, 2011 02:59PM Add a comment
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David
David is finished
There's so much to dislike about LBJ, and almost nothing to like, let alone admire -- at least in the period covered by this volume of his biography. Alas, bad guys do succeed, good guys fail. But Coke Stevenson does end up happy in the end, while that could hardly be said about the miserable and loathed LBJ.
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Rick Smudin
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Ben
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Ben
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Greg Brown
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