Lady Bird and Lyndon

Lady Bird and Lyndon

The Hidden Story of A Marriage That Made A President

Book - 2015
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A fresh look at Lady Bird Johnson that upends her image as a plain Jane who was married for her money and mistreated by Lyndon. This Lady Bird worked quietly behind the scenes through every campaign, every illness, and a trying presidency as a key strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and indispensable therapist.

Lady Bird grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, she knew what she wanted: to leave the rural Texas of her childhood and experience the world like her mother dreamed, while climbing the mountain of ambition she inherited from her father. She married Lyndon within weeks, and the bargain they struck was tacitly agreed upon in the courtship letters they exchanged: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses.

The conventional story goes that Lyndon married Lady Bird for her money, demeaned her by flaunting his many affairs, and that her legacy was protecting the nation's wildflowers. But she was actually a full political partner throughout his ascent--the one who swooped in to make the key call to a donor, to keep the team united, to campaign in hostile territory, and to jumpstart him out of his paralyzing darkness. And while others were shocked that she put up with his womanizing, she always knew she had the upper hand.

Lady Bird began the partnership by using part of her nest egg to help finance Lyndon's first political campaign. Over and over, she kept him from quitting, including the 1948 election when he was so immobilized with self-pity that she had to pick up the phone to solicit donations on his behalf. She was also the one who got him out of bed, when he was in a deep funk, to go to the 1964 Democratic nominating convention.

In Lady Bird and Lyndon , Betty Boyd Caroli restores Lady Bird to her rightful place in history, painting a vivid portrait of a marriage with complex, but familiar and identifiable overtones.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439191224
Characteristics: viii, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 13, 2015

Thank the gods for Lady Bird, without her, Lyndon's administration might not have ever functioned, and then the end to the financial tax on speculation [1966] might never have occurred; Operation Brother Sam, to put in place a military coup with the overthrow of their democratically elected government in Brazil might never have occurred, the attack on the USS Liberty, in a failed attempt to give a false excuse for America to occupy Egypt might never have occurred [34 dead Americans, thanks LBJ and Lady Birdie]; the phony Tonkin Gulf might never have occurred, with the subsequent Vietnam War [over 58,000 Americans dead, many, many more wounded, millions of Vietnamese dead]; the amendment to the Banking Act, allowing American banks to own foreign banks, laying the foundation for the global banking cartel might never have occurred, the CIA's successful coup in Indonesia [with between one-half million to one million dead Indonesians], and during Johnson's [and Nixon's] administration, the creation of offshore tax havens, today called offshore finance centers, to draw in US dollars and allow for international drug money laundering - - thusly providing, and encouraging, the increase in global drug dealing, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera - - yup, a whole bunch of thanks from all the deceased, murdered souls, thanks to Lady Birdie and Lyndon - - and BTW, who was Lyndon's defense policy advisor? Henry Kissinger, of course!

Nov 13, 2015

I had a lot of curiosity about Lady Bird. Read lots about Lyndon. I really enjoyed the book. She was so much more then I knew about. I knew her whole life was Lyndon but didn't know the great contribution she made to keep him stable. Also, maintain many households. A excellent business woman, not a great mother until Lyndon dies. She was only 60 when Lyndon dies and apparently has a successful life "after Lyndon". Unique woman. I enjoyed it.


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