The liberal and the conservative. The deal - making arm twister and the cool communicator. The Texas rancher and the Hollywood star. Opposites in politics and style, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand story of America, a story in which he could be the hero. In the tumultuous days after the Kennedy assassination, Johnson and Reagan each, in turn, seized the chance to offer the country a new vision for the future. Bringing to life their vivid personalities and the anxious mood of America in a radically transformative time, Darman shows how, in promising the impossible, Johnson and Reagan jointly dismantled the long American tradition of consensus politics and ushered in a new era of fracture. History comes to life in Darman's vivid, fly - on - the wall storytelling. From Johnson's election in 1964, the greatest popular - vote landslide in American history, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, when Reagan burst forth onto the national stage, Landslide brings alive a country transformed - by riots, protests, the rise of television, and the shattering of consensus - and the two towering personalities whose choices in those moments would reverberate through the country for decades to come.
"The relevance to today will be achingly obvious to [listeners]-who will be both riveted and disturbed by this moving, memorable book." (Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff)
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Good, but could have been great
The sections which deal with the way in which Reagan became a candidate and overcame the supposed drawback of his having been an actor
LBJ, he is just such a fascinating individual. So complex and compelling an individual is impossible to ignore.
Learning how LBJ would demand to be involved in the legislative process regardless of the time of day and his telling Larry O'Brien not to fail to call on him for help.
Yes, I knew much of the story already but found myself drawn back in and wanting to finish the journey.
The author could have focused more on Reagan and the conservative movement he led, and slightly less on LBJ
- Bret Miller