Great Society: A New History
The author of the New York Times bestsellers The Forgotten Man and Coolidge offers a provocative and conversation-changing look at President Lyndon B. Johnsons Great Society and how its failures reverberate to this day.
In The Great Society, Amity Shlaes argues that just as Franklin Delano Roosevelts New Deal overshadowed a generation of forgotten men, Lyndon B. Johnsons...more
no one comes off as very good in this decades long fiasco that ended up costing billions of dollars and accomplishing little meaningful change
It is shocking how Johnson simply let McNamara run the Vietnam War like he ran an automobile company ... from a board room !
Shlaes write a very readable book and does not take sides in the debate which is a refreshing change
She focuses on the key players who brought the programs into existence, and attempted to deal with the problems and disincentives they created. Familiar figures such as ...more
i just found this to be leaden & dreary to read. i am certainly interested in the history of government expansion in this period, but i found it all was presented in a very uninteresting way - this union organizer met this person, this activist met with those folks, the president thought this.
Having lived through the upheavals caused by Johnson's Great Society and Nixon's Wage and Price Controls, I appreciate Shlaes history of those turbulent years of guns and butter. Those who put faith in the so-called best and brightest should take a look at the mistakes made by those who felt entitled by virtue of education to drive the US into a useless war and eventually stagflation.
Amity Shales does not disappoint. As with her earlier work, The Forgotten Man, she uses her talents to bring a fresh perspective to a vital, yet under discussed, period of American history. For example, I had never realized the degree to which monetary policy weighed on Lyndon Johnson during the last year of his presidency.
Shlaes writes a column for Forbes, and served as a nationally syndicated columnist for over a decade, first at the Financial Times, then at Bloomberg. Earlier, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of the editorial board. She is the author of "Coolidge," "The Forgotten ...more