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Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries and later scholars - that give readers the opportunity to examine LBJ's career firsthand and to evaluate its impact. The book also contains photographs and cartoons from the period, an LBJ chronology, a bibliography, and an index.


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Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries and later scholars - that give readers the opportunity to examine LBJ's career firsthand and to evaluate its impact. The book also contains photographs and cartoons from the period, an LBJ chronology, a bibliography, and an index.

30 review for Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism: A Brief Biography with Documents

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Stieb

    Rating this a 5 less because it is gripping or uniquely brilliant but because it is an excellent model for writing biographies/primary source readers. This is the kind of book I would definitely assign for an upper level class on modern US politics. The biography section captures LBJ's personality, accomplishments, and failures while giving a rich sense of the man in just 160 pages. The book is balanced in tone, and it explains the rise and decline of American liberalism with LBJ as the main cha Rating this a 5 less because it is gripping or uniquely brilliant but because it is an excellent model for writing biographies/primary source readers. This is the kind of book I would definitely assign for an upper level class on modern US politics. The biography section captures LBJ's personality, accomplishments, and failures while giving a rich sense of the man in just 160 pages. The book is balanced in tone, and it explains the rise and decline of American liberalism with LBJ as the main character in that story. The documents are well chosen, especially the Vietnam ones, and they give a sense of liberal thought as well as conservative and leftist critiques. Schulman did a great job with this! Recommended for people who want to know more about LBJ but don't want to read something as huge as Caro. Also recommended for teachers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cote

    Less a biography of LBJ than an analysis of the impact of LBJ in Washington, spending almost as much time on his 30 years in Congress as with his time in the White House. Provides an interesting look into the mechanisms of the legislative branch as well, focusing on civil rights and social reform legislature. While Schulman takes a more sympathetic look at LBJ's motives (a deep belief in the 'Great Society') he does not absolve him completely of the duplicity and secrecy that came to define his Less a biography of LBJ than an analysis of the impact of LBJ in Washington, spending almost as much time on his 30 years in Congress as with his time in the White House. Provides an interesting look into the mechanisms of the legislative branch as well, focusing on civil rights and social reform legislature. While Schulman takes a more sympathetic look at LBJ's motives (a deep belief in the 'Great Society') he does not absolve him completely of the duplicity and secrecy that came to define his administration. The primary sources, however, are the best learning tool in this book, as Schulman will include a paranthetical direction to read a primary source featured in the back of the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Surprisingly long read especially with the last few documents. Otherwise, totally fine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Imran

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth Borzone

    Nice brief book that gives an insightful understanding to Lyndon B. Johnson, the man, and his presidency.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Thornburg

    It's it quite a biography, it's not quite a political history, but somewhere in that neighborhood. I think it did q little too much on Viet Nam and not quite enough on the impact of his social programs. I wouldn't recommend it, per se, but I wouldn't suggest avoiding it, either. It's it quite a biography, it's not quite a political history, but somewhere in that neighborhood. I think it did q little too much on Viet Nam and not quite enough on the impact of his social programs. I wouldn't recommend it, per se, but I wouldn't suggest avoiding it, either.

  7. 5 out of 5

    tyra_ Banks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wish I could've finished all of it,maybe I'll pick it up again. Wish I could've finished all of it,maybe I'll pick it up again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    American history

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    LBJ was a really unique individual, I think he was greatly misunderstood and at least domestically was a very adept President. I really enjoyed the transcripts of conversations in the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Will Fry

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    Emalee

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Muhammad Talha

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

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    Erin

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    Angela

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    Ted Christensen

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Moya

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Chad

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jianming Bing

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Yell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aden Wilke

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