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Best-selling presidential biographer Merle Miller has crafted a candid portrait of one of the most complex, fascinating, difficult, and colorful figures in American history.   

From his birth in 1908 to his death in 1973, the story of Lyndon B. Johnson is told with no sparing his personal excesses and contentious public image - while also highlighting the strength of his greatest accomplishments in Washington. 

Interlaced with interviews from Lady Bird Johnson, John Kenneth Galbraith, J. William Fulbright, Larry O'Brien, Hubert Humphrey, and hundreds of others, Miller provides an extensive and objective image of the life of LBJ.  

©1980 Merle Miller (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 04-01-2021

Flawless

Grover Gardner brought Lyndon Baines Johnson to life. Merle Millers book was awesome but Gardner just made you feel like you were literally talking and walking with the President. Great job!!!!!

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  • Cheryl Vick
  • 18-08-2020

Surprised I enjoyed it so much.

I was not a fan of Lyndon Johnson as president so I really wasn’t looking forward to his biography. However I had committed to doing all of the presidents of the 20th century in order and his was next. So I was stuck. I am still not a fan of LBJ as president but I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • Edward Leon
  • 18-07-2020

A must read about the most influential president

LBJ is one our most facinating presidents in American history. Chapter one was boring, but wow, the rest is a page turner. A primer for any politician who would like to make the world a better place. This is not a puffery piece but a gritty part of what makes this a great nation.

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  • noVack
  • 13-07-2020

Man, we sure could use an LBJ around here

This is a substantial telling of the life and times of the man. The multiple perspectives of the oral biography style works well in this audiobook format. It has the authoritativeness of many first hand accounts of LBJ all flowing along like an extended conversation. You come away feeling as if you'd just missed meeting the man. As if he was just here a few minutes ago. This oral biography really does make it quite clear that LBJ's legacy was so much more than the Vietnam debacle. (Did you know he almost concluded the peace agreement?) It is hard to understate the breadth of his accomplishments in such turbulent times. His genius for bipartisanship and fostering relationships with rivals, even enemies, sounds strange, even unrealistic. And yet, it was during this very time that the pendulum had begun to swing to the right in electoral politics. Without the burden of the war in Vietnam, what would the Great Society have become....?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2020

So Well Done

It’s easy to dismiss Lyndon Johnson and his failures in Vietnam. But he was much more the JFK’s Vice President. He truly got things done. His war on poverty programs continues to help the poor today. His greatest accomplishment of course was the Civil Right Act of 1964. In many ways Lyndon Johnson was the last President to accomplish anything of substance. This is a very good book about a very good President. The narration was excellent.

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  • Timothy
  • 06-05-2019

Excellent Work!

Best one volume presidential biography I’ve listened to. There’s not much in Caro’s 4 volumes on LBJ that’s not here.

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