Any book by Robert Dallek is worth the time it takes to read his large and heavy tomes. But my money is on Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President, one of what will be a 5-volume biography of one of the most intelligent, talented, complicated men in history. LBJ, a Southerner whose thick accent drew ridicule every time he opened his mouth, and this in his own country, against all odds was thrust into the presidency by Kennedy’s assassination.
The 36th president (and first Southern president since Lincoln’s vice president, also a Johnson, also propelled into the White House by an assassination) presided over what will surely come to be seen as the most important turning point of modern history.
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life, without reservation. No one can understand the United States today without reading it. Indeed Johnson had a giant role in shaping the world we live in today. Unfortunately, key facts of that history have yet to be released. An undisclosed number of documents are still missing from the public record, even after the trove of data on the Kennedy assassination was released in late April 2018, Pres. Trump said, due to “potential harm to U.S. national security, law enforcement or foreign affairs…of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”
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