Jan Jarboe Russell – Lady Bird


A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson with startling new insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency.

Long obscured by her husband’s shadow, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson emerges in this first comprehensive biography as a figure of surprising influence and the centering force for LBJ, a man who suffered from extreme mood swings and desperately needed someone to help control his darker impulses. Expertly researched and written, Lady Bird draws from rare conversations with the former first lady and from interviews with key members of Johnson’s inner circle of friends, family, and advisers.

With chapters such as “Motherless Child”, “A Ten-Week Affair”, and “LBJ’s Midlife Crisis”, Lady Bird sheds new light on Mrs. Johnson’s childhood, on her amazing acumen as a businesswoman, and on the central role she played in her husband’s life and political career. A vital link to the Kennedys during LBJ’s uneasy tenure as vice president and a voice of conscience on civil rights, Lady Bird is portrayed here as a political force, strikingly different from the somewhat minor figure depicted in previous works on LBJ. Especially fascinating today, in light of the enormous attention now focused on the private lives of our leaders, are the personal details about her marriage to a man whose extramarital affairs were widely discussed.

In this intimate portrait, Russell shows us the private Lady Bird – not only a passionate conservationist but a remarkable woman who greatly influenced her husband, his administration, and the country.

Author: Jan Jarboe Russell
Narrator: Andrea Gallo
Duration: 16 hrs
Released: 15 Sep 2011
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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It was endearing to hear about the family, and the stories from someone who actually grew up in the family. I appreciated hearing the joys, accomplishments, determinations, fun, light-hearted side of Jack, as well learning of the struggles. I so appreciated Robert Jr’s honesty and openness, regarding addiction, his relationships with various family members, how the assassinations affected him as a young boy, and the rest of the family members. Thank you for sharing your life and your family with us. Such inspiring men and women in this family, yet down to earth.

The narrator’s pace was good for me. I was a little uncomfortable when he would attempt to imitate people’s voices, such as when quoting a woman, trying to imitate (not well) how a woman would sound, or a southern person or an African American…. Would have rather him read it straight, in his own voice, as a quote and not try to change his voice representing the person he was quoting.