Lady Bird and Lyndon

The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President
Author(s): Betty Boyd Caroli
Original Publish Date: Oct 27, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (16.10 hours)
Product Number: Z100135966
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442397392
Narrator/s: Amanda Carlin
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This "smartly written…stunning" (The Boston Globe) portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, and ballast for her husband Lyndon offers "a penetrating analysis…of a marriage that paired two complicated but devoted figures, a coupling that changed the face of America" (Richmond Times-Dispatch). Marriage is the most underreported story in political life, yet it is often the key to its success. Historian Betty Boyd Caroli spent seven years exploring the archives of the LBJ Library, interviewing dozens of people, and mining never-before-released letters between Lady Bird and Lyndon. The result "redefines the First Lady as an iron fist in a white glove" (Vanity Fair) and helps explain how the talented, but flawed Lyndon Baines Johnson ended up making history. Lady Bird grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, they married within weeks with a tacit agreement: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses. The conventional story goes that Lyndon married Lady Bird for her money and demeaned her by flaunting his many affairs, and that her legacy was protecting the nation's wildflowers. But Caroli shows that she was also the one who swooped in to make the key call to a donor, to keep the team united, to campaign in hostile territory, and to jump-start Lyndon out of his paralyzing dark moods. In Lady Bird and Lyndon, Caroli restores Lady Bird to her rightful place in history. But she also tells a love story whose compromises and edifying moments many women will recognize.

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Author(s): Betty Boyd Caroli
Product Number EB00597070
Released: Oct 27, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781439191248

Professional reviews

"Listeners interested in the lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson will love this audiobook. Narrator Amanda Carlin provides good interpretations of both Lady Bird's and Lyndon's voices and Texas accents. Lady Bird's southern upbringing cultivated a public persona that was quite different behind closed doors. She was bright, attractive, and formidable. When anyone had a problem with LBJ, they went to her, and she would "persuade" her husband to reconsider his decision. Her expertise in handling those situations was tantamount to salvaging his presidency. As complex as their personalities were, they stayed together until the day LBJ died. Carlin does a fine job of capturing the essence of their relationship and its effect on the Johnson years in the White House. E.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"