Lady Bird Johnson Biography

Lady Bird : A Biography of Mrs. Johnson by Jan Jarboe Russell (2004, Paperback)


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  • Subject:
    Biography
  • Publication Year:
    2004
  • Topic:
    First Ladies
  • ISBN:
    9781589790971


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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Lady Bird:  A Biography of Mrs. Johnson  by  Jan Jarboe Russell  - Trade Paper

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PRODUCT SUMMARY: Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born Claudia Taylor, the daughter of a rich, philandering, domineering man. She escaped this man only to elope with another, who could hardly afford a $2.50 wedding band. The motherless girl had been raised by her aunt to be well educated and self-sufficient. Johnson saw her as a good political wife and proffered an all-or-nothing ultimatum that was good for a 39-year marriage. More lady than bird, she refused to discuss LBJs many sexual indiscretions and stopped talking to Russell because the journalists questions were getting too personal. She stood by her man through his Monicas and during his1955 heart attack while he was majority leader of the Senate. Russell depicts Lady Bird as calming her manic-depressive spouse and centering his political views, so that LBJ had a shot at the top spot at the 1960 convention. Her eyes were red from crying, but she smilingly recovered for the vice- presidential nod. She agreed to campaign with the ``decorative'' Jackie, who was too upset by Marilyn Monroe and JFKs many other trysts to be effective. On the fateful post-assassination day on Air Force One, Lady Bird was again the exemplary political wife. ``Her job was to stay calm, take notes and pour on the empathy,'' telling Rose Kennedy, ``Were glad the nation had your son as long as it did.'' Russell portrays Lady Bird as emulating Eleanor Roosevelt, guiding her husband through troubles with daughters Lynda and Luci as well as with the civil rights movement. This engaging biography sympathizes with Lady Bird as an ``eternal girl'' of the 1950s, also admiring her dedication to...

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