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The Resource JFK and LBJ : the last two great presidents, Godfrey Hodgson

JFK and LBJ : the last two great presidents, Godfrey Hodgson

Label
JFK and LBJ : the last two great presidents
Title
JFK and LBJ
Title remainder
the last two great presidents
Statement of responsibility
Godfrey Hodgson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"As a young White House correspondent during the Kennedy and Johnson years in Washington, D.C., Godfrey Hodgson had a ringside seat covering the last two great presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, two men who could not have been more different. Kennedy's wit and dashing style, his renown as a national war hero, and his Ivy League Boston Brahmin background stood in sharp contrast to Lyndon Johnson's rural, humble origins in Texas, his blunt, forceful (but effective) political style, his lackluster career in the navy, and his grassroots populist instincts. Hodgson, a sharp-eyed witness throughout the tenure of these two great men, now offers us a new perspective enriched by his reflections since that time a half-century ago. He offers us a fresh, dispassionate contrast of these two great men by stripping away the myths to assess their achievements, ultimately asking whether Johnson has been misjudged. He suggests that LBJ be given his due by history, arguing that he was as great a president as, perhaps even greater than, JFK. The seed that grew into this book was the author's early perception that JFK's performance in office was largely overrated while LBJ's was consistently underrated. Hodgson asks key questions: If Kennedy had lived, would he have matched Johnson's ambitious Great Society achievements? Would he have avoided Johnson's disastrous commitment in Vietnam? Would Nixon have been elected his successor, and if not, how would American politics and parties look today? Hodgson combines lively anecdotes with sober analyses to arrive at new conclusions about the U.S. presidency and two of the most charismatic figures ever to govern from the Oval Office." -- Publisher's description
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hodgson, Godfrey
Dewey number
973.09/9
Index
index present
LC call number
E842
LC item number
.H58 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B.
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
Label
JFK and LBJ : the last two great presidents, Godfrey Hodgson
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223113495312
  • 31223113495304
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: a parting of the ways -- Part I. The actors -- Life is unfair -- One brief shining moment -- Doctor Fell -- Part II. The actions -- Rumors of war, rumors of peace -- Other Americas -- Surpassing Kennedy -- No umbrella man -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780300180503
Lccn
2014045527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 894310422
  • (OCoLC)894310422
Label
JFK and LBJ : the last two great presidents, Godfrey Hodgson
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223113495312
  • 31223113495304
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: a parting of the ways -- Part I. The actors -- Life is unfair -- One brief shining moment -- Doctor Fell -- Part II. The actions -- Rumors of war, rumors of peace -- Other Americas -- Surpassing Kennedy -- No umbrella man -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780300180503
Lccn
2014045527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 894310422
  • (OCoLC)894310422

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