Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1964. Fourth printing. Hardcover. Large octavo (8 1/2 x 5 3/4"). , 273, pp. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket over cloth, with gold and black lettering to spine, and gilt lettering to front cover. Half-title inscribed and signed by Lyndon B. Johnson.
"William S. White, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Taft Story," provides a generally favorable, but not critical, introduction to the 36th President of the United States, presumably to inform voters on the eve of the 1964 election. Sandwiched between that first tragic flight to Washington following the assassination of Kennedy and the challenges the new President faces, White gives us his perspective of "The Professional." White insightfully traces Johnson's transition to power and his relationship to the "Kennedy Men." He also provides a brief history of LBJ's role as congressional secretary, his relationship with Lady Bird, FDR and the New Deal, his work as Senator and Minority Leader, his efforts in civil rights, and role as Vice President. White wants us to see the Johnson "style" and his attributes of leadership. Lacking the carefully researched notations of Robert Caro, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others, White gives us the perspective of an admiring intimate, well acquainted with Johnson and the atmosphere of political power which was his life."
Dust-jacket slightly creased and chipped at upper margin of back cover. DJ in overall good+, binding and interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42591