The Johnson Years, Volume Three
LBJ at Home and Abroad
Edited by Robert A. Divine
Over the past decade, Lyndon Johnson has become the focus of an increasing number of revisionist studies. As a group, these works have been every bit as contentious and contradictory as LBJ himself and, ultimately, have provided only limited consensus on his presidency and his political career.
Adding fire to the debate, seven leading Johnson scholars here provide a revealing new look at LBJ's role in domestic and foreign policy. They examine his obsession with the Vietnam War; his commitment to the Great Society and civil rights; his failure to deal with radical civil-rights leaders and the crisis in the ghettos; his limited knowledge of Europe and his dealings with NATO; his Middle East policy; his views on Strategic Arms Limitations; his contribution to the decline of the Democratic party in the sixties; and his reactive rather than proactive response to women's issues.
“The book tells a lot about LBJ, in a candid and even-handed manner. . . and by dint of the example it sets, it tells a lot also about the richness of resources available for historical study at the Johnson Library. Recommended highly to to student of the presidency as an institution, and of LBJ in particular.”
—Presidential Studies Quarterly
“A valuable addition to the scholarship on LBJ and his America”
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“An important contribution to the literature on the Johnson presidency. This volume should keep alive the ongoing debate over the virtues and vices of LBJ and his administration.”
—Burton I. Kaufman, author of The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr.See fewer reviews...
This is the third volume in editor Robert Divine's highly regarded series on the LBJ presidency. Originally intended to feature the rich materials available to scholars in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, the trilogy's accomplishments now extend well beyond that original intent. It both deepens our understanding of the major issues of the sixties and points the way to significant topics and resources for future debate.