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Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
by Julia Sweig
Published: March 2021
Published this past week, Julia Sweig’s “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight” promises a revealing behind-the-scenes portrait and revaluation of one of America’s notable First Ladies. Sweig is a senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and has authored numerous books and policy papers on Cuba, Brazil, Latin America and U.S. foreign policy.
As First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson is best known for her urban renewal, conservation and beautification efforts…and, for those of us with Texas roots, her Wildflower Center. But what has only recently been revealed is…
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Thank you for this honest review! I was expecting a bit more myself, I guess I will not invest in the hardback after all but rather wait for the paperback issue.
I am eagerly awaiting your review of the new Malcolm X biography. It has received great reviews and it may be the new definitive one for him. Manning Marable’s controversial biography is probably the best up until now.
I’m quite looking forward to this one as well. I planned to incorporate Marable’s bio into my schedule and then I saw this one coming out. Once I heard the backstory (three decades of research, interviews of nearly everyone who knew or interacted with Malcolm X in any capacity, etc.) I knew this was the place to start. The author’s background as investigative journalist helped, as well, since I suspected that meant an engaging writing style and a critical eye. (We shall see…) It will still be interesting to read “A Life of Reinvention” for several reasons, but that will have to wait-