• Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

  • The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-18-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (190 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments in the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, first encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 1967, she became fascinated by the man - his character, his enormous energy and drive, and his manner of wielding these gifts in an endless pursuit of power. As a member of his White House staff, she soon became his personal confidante, and in the years before his death he revealed himself to her as he did to no other.
Widely praised and enormously popular, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is a work of biography like few others. With uncanny insight and a richly engrossing style, the author renders LBJ in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.
©2016 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lynda Rands on 01-22-17

Unfortunately simple slant.

Ms. Goodwin is a wonderful writer. This book suffers from her viewing the life of LBJ through a purely psychological lens. I simply couldn't listen very long because everything discussed was related back to LBJ's need for acceptance, based (in the author's view) on his early yearning for his mother's love.

For those interested in this very interesting man, take the time to read Robert Caro's four volumes.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Louie Louie on 04-06-17

Not her best

I have enjoyed Ms. Goodwin's books, but this one was disappointing--surprising since she worked with President Johnson during and after his White House years. The writing seems unedited, and wanders off into speculative psychology and narratives about the political system in general. It certainly does not live up to its superlative subtitle, nor does it directly address Johnson's role in shaping the American Dream.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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