Wednesday, December 30, 2015

LADY BIRD and LYNDON

My review of Lady Bird and Lyndon: The 
Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President (Simon & Schuster) by Betty Boyd Caroli was published by Lone Star Literary Life. I have seriously mixed feelings about this one. From the review:
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor and Lyndon Baines Johnson met in the Texas Railroad Commission Office in September of 1934. He proposed the next day and they eloped two months later. Lady Bird, the independent, determined, business-minded offspring of a jaw-droppingly dysfunctional marriage, needed a vehicle, as a woman in Texas during the Great Depression, to “let her deploy her ambition” and decided Lyndon was that man. 
In Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President, Betty Boyd Caroli makes a convincing case that Lady Bird was certainly not the timid wallflower as she is so often portrayed in biographies of President Lyndon Johnson, but rather a “girl [who] gradually became a figure of steel cloaked in velvet,” who transformed herself into the “model political wife” and an example for future first ladies.
Click here to read the entire review. Thank you!

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