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Review: Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

Wow, what a difference from Profile of Power by Richard Reeves, which detailed the Kennedy Presidency almost day-by-day, event-by-event. Doris Kearns Goodwin might have mentioned the Tet Offensive and the 1967 Moratorium once…in passing…maybe. I read in constant fear of slipping over the edge into Freudian psychobabble about LBJ’s mommy issues (Fear of heights? Fear of falling? Fear of Freud?) My biggest takeaway was that while Johnson might well have been the perfect man for Senate Majority Leader, he ultimately proved the Peter Principle, rising to his level of incompetence upon his ascension to the Oval Office. (3 of 5 Stars)

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