|Lady Bird from my quilt Remember the Ladies|
Early on in the book I realized that Lyndon's mood swings sounded Bi-Polar in origin. I had not encountered that understanding before. During his presidency LBJ had major triumphs but also faced criticism and hatred that left him immobilized and dejected. Ever the workaholic, his health suffered, and knowing his time was swiftly running out LBJ spiraled into an angry depression.
The book covers the Johnson's families history and background, explaining their personality traits that made them 'right' for each other. Lady Bird was bright and ambitious, expected by her classmates to be the 'next Halliburtan.' When LBJ met Bird he immediately started the pressure for marriage. They had known each other a month when she agreed to marry him. They both knew Bird was the stronger, and she was going to rescue him with her love.
Theirs was a complex relationship, lived in the public eye. It makes for addictive reading.
I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President
Simon & Schuster
Publication November 3, 2015
$29.99 hard cover
"The coach, the advisor, the steady soothsayer to an erratic man--in these pages, Lady Bird Johnson bursts from history's shadows to her rightful place at the heart of a stirring story...Caroli establishes the prominence of a gripping and mysterious relationship--one of the critical intimacies of the 20th century. This is a tremendous work of scholarship and storytelling." Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Power of Two
|Remember the Ladies, an original Redwork quilt by Nancy A. Bekofske|