Fascinating President

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns (Goodwin)

While reading this book, I realized this year is the 100th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s birth. And it made me really glad to be reading about his life; the timing seems a good tribute to a great politician. After he left the White House, LBJ invited Doris Kearns Goodwin, then a recent Harvard Ph.D., to visit him at the ranch to help him prepare his memoirs. It turned out the great man didn’t have the patience to sit down and write about his life, so Kearns Goodwin used her notes to write this extraordinary portrait of a master politician who, in spite of his famous gregariousness, confessed to often feeling lonely. Sometimes a behind-the-scenes book can really grip a reader, and so it was for me with this remarkable biography. If you, too, just can’t get enough of LBJ, visit his presidential library and his ranch.