First edition of the author's first book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography "The most penetrating, fascinating political biography I have ever read...No other President has had a biographer who had such access to his private thoughts" (The New York Times).
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [xiv], 432,  pages. 0060122846. A Fine First Printing of the First Edition in equally unblemished dust-jacket, SIGNED and inscribed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns (Goodwin). Previous owner's inscription on ffep; With uncanny insight and a richly engrossing style, the Doris Kearns renders "LBJ" in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Association Copy. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed by Goodwin on the title page. Laid-in are 2pp of emails between Goodwin and her correspondent, Terence Trout. Four emails are from Trout and four from Goodwin in which they discuss meeting for dinner, Goodwin's husband, Richard Goodwin and his play about Galileo and Goodwin's reference to Abraham Lincoln ("...still roaming around with Abraham Lincoln"). The last email. dated "May 17, 2009, " contains an attached photo of Traut and his wife with Goodwin at the eventaul dinner they had planned for. Beginning toning on spine cloth, thin remainder stripe on the topedge; dustjacket with corners just touched. Bright copy in Very Good condition in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Terence Traut is the President and CEO of Entelechy, Inc. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
The self imposed isolation that Lyndon Johnson created to insulate himself from the critics of his policy in Vietnam, and the sycophants that he surrounded himself with as a consequence, is explored in depth and it is shockingly relevant to the Bush White House and G.W.'s disconnect from alternate points of view. For those who do not believe the analogy between Vietnam and Iraq is credible, reading this book will expose multiple parallels that are chilling and relevant. Like Doris Kearns, I was a fan of Johnson with the exception of his Vietnam policy and, also like her, I was saddened by the legacy that he left behind. Truly, it seems, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes (at least whenever we put someone from Texas into the White House).
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