I wish I had a normal hero from history. He is my ultimate problematic fave: obnoxious, crude, responsible for the escalation of the Vietnam war and the death of thousands of innocent civilians — and yet also the architect of so much of the modern now crumbling American welfare state. Is he a warmonger desperate for American dominance around the world?
Johnson was born in in Stonewall, Texas, as the oldest of five children. Though his father had served in the state legislature, he had lost money in cotton speculation, and the family often struggled to make ends meet. The young Johnson drifted for a few years after high school, but enrolled at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in
On this day inthe U. InNixon faced three charges for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Of the 11 counts, several went to the core of the conflict between Johnson and Congress.
We typically expect high standards of behavior and a degree of morality from each president, whether we acknowledge this consciously or not. Unfortunately, not all of them live up to our collective minimal expectations. Some even manage to keep their misdeeds secret; most go unpunished.
After fourteen years of research for a two-volume biography, of which the second volume, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, I have, however, found some new evidence, in three areas, that even by Johnson standards is surprising. First, I discovered that even as he decided to escalate the war, Johnson had deeper and more clairvoyant doubts about Vietnam than contemporaries could possibly have imagined. He believed his own rhetoric about the need to fight in Vietnam.
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In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president for divulging classified intelligence to the Russians: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of his briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or the knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would harm American allies. McMaster [H.
Johnson, a paragon of progressive legislation, and Ronald Reagan, a small-government hero, would have much in common. Yet Jonathan Darman, a former political reporter for Newsweekargues they do. This book is about 1, days in the s. Through these two men, you can see how politics changes in this period and how politics changes through the media.
Nan Britton, the woman who had an affair with President Warren G. Harding and publisher of the book "The President's Daughter," shown with her daughter on the right. Following the death of Warren G.