Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents (Hardback)
  • JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents (Hardback)
zoom

JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents (Hardback)

(author)
£25.00
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 03/07/2015
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
A firsthand observer weighs the achievements-and failures-of two fabled American presidents

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: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300180503
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
First Man In
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Churchill
Added to basket
£35.00   £29.99
Hardback
The Shepherd's Life
Added to basket
Jane Austen at Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Testament Of Youth
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Napoleon
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback
To Catch A King
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
Bloody Brilliant Women
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
M
Added to basket
M
£9.99
Paperback
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
Added to basket
Queen Victoria
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
Henry VIII and the men who made him
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
The Billion Dollar Spy
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.