Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Book Report: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent

You may remember I read the first volume of this four(!) biography set last year. Back then I wrote, "Johnson is alternatingly fascinating, complicated, endearing, and completely disgusting." Well, he's even more so in this volume--minus the endearing part.

The book covers 1941-1948, but focuses primarily on Johnson's quest for his first Senate seat in 1948. In that race Johnson battled Coke Stevenson a beloved, former governor of Texas. In an election where Stevenson was favored to win by double digit percentage points and millions of votes were cast, it all came down to 87 votes in LBJ's favor from an obscure Texas county to put him over the top. Hmmm. Sound fishy? With good reason, Johnson was dogged by allegations of stealing the election for the rest of his life.

Volume 3, Master of the Senate follows LBJ's rise to Senate Majority Leader. The fourth and final volume is set to be published in 2012.

1 comment:

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