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Return to Book Page. Preview — Texan Looks at Lyndon by J. Texan Looks at Lyndon by J. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published December 1st by Buccaneer Books first published March 9th More Details Original Title. Lyndon B. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Texan Looks at Lyndon , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Texan Looks at Lyndon.
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Does this mean Johnson was a "good guy"? The book, as subtitled, is a study of illegitimate power. The book simply looks at Johnson's lust for power and how it could be the destruction of any man.
It is not a detailed account into every Johnson sin, nor of his presidency. It simply illustrates how he took the center stage again and again. By threat, ext Considering history: Hitler murdered his millions, George Bush his hundreds of thousands, and Lyndon Johnson his handful not counting Vietnam.
By threat, extortion, and murder. No act was too low if it meant gaining power for himself. No friend too loved to be destroyed. No person too good to be crushed. The author presents the interesting perspective of one of Johnson's assassination attempts, p. Evetts Haley talks of one Jim Evetts, and one District Attorney Evetts, one and the same, how he narrowly escapes the attempt on his life from gun shots in the night.
The author makes many such arguments through out the book. The presumption is that the reader is educated and will understand the many innuendoes between the lines. This makes for tough reading, especially fifty years after the fact. The author is likewise a cattleman. He gives the illustration of one cattleman whom Johnson destroyed. It is confusing who the author is talking about.
Himself or someone else. What is not confusing is Haley's dislike of Johnson's corruption. This book chronicles some of the many sordid acts of Johnson. It is a good education into our 36th president. Corruption, lust for power, murder, in short, Democracy. The style of writing is very cumbersome. Every page is a rant. Reading this book is a long drudgery. Still, A Texan Looks at Lyndon is good historical reading.
Everyone should know the truth behind one of America's most evil presidents. I found this in a Laundry-Mat about ten years ago, abandoned for whatever reason I cannot imagine. Since the subject matter was something appealing to my interest, I adopted said book and read. Now you may think that stumbling across a book about how crooked LBJ was, having been published in and finding it in may not be too unusual A very OOP book?
Almost like I was destined to read this anti-LBJ bio. Informative beyond beli I found this in a Laundry-Mat about ten years ago, abandoned for whatever reason I cannot imagine. Informative beyond belief. Johnson was not a very nice person. His ethics were questionable even before he became Vice-President. Jan 15, Brian rated it liked it. Haley was bitter toward Lyndon Johnson, to say the least. Parts of this book read more like character assassination and hyperbolic invective than even-handed history, and since Haley is a noted Texas historian of considerable respect, it appears surprising that he allows his own ideological prejudice to so completely swallow his perception of LBJ.
But that is, in part, what makes this book useful. It reveals the types of arguments that have been made by the right wing toward the Left, and progre Haley was bitter toward Lyndon Johnson, to say the least. It reveals the types of arguments that have been made by the right wing toward the Left, and progressive politics, for some time: the pervasive corruption of money as though that in itself only affects liberals ; an alleged lack of Christian rigor; the willingness to use raw power; etc.
His contention that LBJ's is "illegitimate power" in particular anchors his perspective, but inevitably, for this reader, undermines it as well. He has nothing good to say about the president who spearheaded such far-reaching civil rights programs, and in fact, it is Haley's focus on the belief that racial equality was NOT a good thing, that segregation and unequal access to the levers of power and justice should be prevented, that I think most truly shows his colors.
I would want to see other writing by him, and I do know his pure history has been commended, to be convinced that he wasn't an out and out bigot.
I give it three stars because it is necessary to read, not because I find its conclusions agreeable or convincing. Aug 23, Roger King rated it it was amazing. A respected chronicler of early Texas ranch life, J Evetts Haley was also a local hard-core libertarian-leaning Democrat. His last line of the book: "In age I cannot live with betrayal and dishonor, and I have no desire or intention of doing so".
In short, he despised LBJ. I was born in , so was aware of the LBJ and Lady Bird public persona, read Caro's first volume of the early political years The Path to Power , knew some of the stuff, but none of most of the stuff.
Feb 08, Beth added it. I lie. I did not actually read this book. However, I have a distinct memory of it being one of only three books that I can recall being in my childhood home. My love of books, mostly literature and eastern philosophy was insatiable as a teenager.
Although I majored in the Humanities as an undergraduate, I went on to pursue studies in the social sciences, particularly in the area of social policy and social welfare. My graduate I lie. My graduate advisor had been the advisor to LBJ during his stint as president. I often muse on the presence of those two books during childhood as they relate to my present day career social worker and interests as an adult.
Sep 19, Michael rated it it was ok. The original anti-LBJ screed.
Haley worked as a rancher and as a young man competed at local rodeos. After graduating from West Texas Normal College he was appointed field secretary of the Panhandle Plains Historical Society and began interviewing pioneers. Later he returned to college where he completed his thesis on Texas cattle trails. His book Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman , was published in Haley held strong right-wing views and was an opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Texan Looks at Lyndon