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Lady Bird Johnson : an oral history

Author: Lady Bird Johnson; Michael L Gillette
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Over a span of eighteen years, Lady Bird Johnson recorded forty-seven oral history interviews with Michael Gillette and his colleagues. These conversations, just released in 2011, form the heart of "Lady Bird Johnson: an oral history", an intimate story of a shy young country girl's transformation into one of America's most effective and admired First Ladies"--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Interviews
Named Person: Lady Bird Johnson; Lyndon B Johnson; Lady Bird Johnson; Lady Bird Johnson; Lyndon B Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lady Bird Johnson; Michael L Gillette
ISBN: 9780199908080 0199908087
OCLC Number: 782252369
Notes: "Over a span of eighteen years, Lady Bird Johnson recorded forty-seven oral history interviews with Michael Gillette and his colleagues. These conversations, just released in 2011, form the heart of 'Lady Bird Johnson: an oral history', an intimate story of a shy young country girl's transformation into one of America's most effective and admired First Ladies"--Jacket.
Description: x, 400 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Childhood memories --
Education, 1924-1934 --
A whirlwind courtship --
1935-1937, a future in politics? --
In Congress, 1937-1940 --
1941, "a learning experience" --
1942, managing the congressional office --
Nesting and investing, 1942-1943 --
War years, 1943-1945 --
"A grinding occupation," 1946-1947 --
"The hardest year of our lives," 1948 --
LBJ in the Senate --
A Senate wife --
The LBJ ranch --
The loyal opposition, 1953-1955 --
"Toward the liberal side," 1956-1959 --
1960, the point of no return --
Vice presidency: "a pebble in a shoe" --
The White House years.
Responsibility: Michael L. Gillette.
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"Over a span of eighteen years, Lady Bird Johnson recorded forty-seven oral history interviews with Michael Gillette and his colleagues. These conversations, just released in 2011, form the heart of "Lady Bird Johnson: an oral history", an intimate story of a shy young country girl's transformation into one of America's most effective and admired First Ladies"--Jacket.

Lady Bird Johnson's odyssey is one of personal and intellectual growth, political and financial ambition and a shared life with Lyndon Baines Johnson, one of the most complicated, volatile and powerful presidents of the 20th century. The former First Lady recounts how a cautious, conservative young woman succumbed to an ultimatum to marry a man she had known for less than three months, how she ran his congressional office during World War II, and how she transformed a struggling Austin radio station into the foundation of a communications empire. As a keen observer of the Washington scene during the eventful decades from the 1930s through the 1960s, Lady Bird Johnson shares dramatic accounts of pivotal moments in American history. The reader attends informal dinners at Sam Rayburn's apartment and opulent social events at grand mansions from an earlier age. Johnson's rich verbal portraits bring to life scores of personalities, including First Ladies Edith Bolling Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy and Pat Nixon.

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