Enjoyable, short and to the point biograph of LBJ. This book was just the right amount of depth for me.
Born in was born in 1908 in Texas. Not a good student. Mother was dominant force in his life. Went to a small teachers college in Texas. During college, worked as a teacher in a very poor town. Worked very hard, helped the students. Organized many activities for them such as sports leagues etc.
Was the editor of the school newspaper. Participated in debate club.
Got a job with a Texas Congressman, Richard Kleberg, a liberal. Used this first major connection to forward career. Became Congressman, served in military while in Congress, then Senator from Texas. Lost first run due to election fraud. Committed his own fraud to win the second time.
Extremely successful Senator. Very good at using rules to his advantage, building coalitions, and when that didn’t work, twisting arms. Very persuasive.
JFK made his his VP, mostly to help win the south. Bob Kennedy hated him. John was ok with him.
Worked hard to forward JFK’s agenda. Extraordinarily successful on the domestic side. Struggled with Vietnam.
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