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Product Details

  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st University of Texas Press Ed edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292717490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292717497
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A White House Diary] is an intensely personal document that reveals a woman who describes herself as 'terribly average--something like litmus paper' but who, in fact, is not average at all. Lady Bird is remarkable for the range and depths of her loves--fierce loyalties as well as small delights--and for a physical and spiritual stamina which bore her through ordeals which would have drained lesser humans. . . . History and a great many people will remember her as a valuable woman, largely immune from the antagonisms her husband aroused, who gave the best of herself to her family and her country. Towards the end, Lady Bird writes about her diary that 'Lyndon is curiously proud of it and I am touched by that. He talks more about it than I ever would.' She does not need to. It speaks, most eloquently, for itself.

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Lady Bird Johnson is one of America's most popular and respected First Ladies. Known first and foremost as an environmentalist, she founded the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, which serves people all over the country as a clearinghouse of information about the preservation and use of native plants.

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I highly recomend this book for everyone in your family to read.
Rick
She plainly cares about others; makes a point to accentuate the positive and couches her general observations in very gentle, pleasant terms.
BeatleBangs1964
Lady Bird like her husband had a great appetite and appreciation for life.
Shalom Freedman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Bird Johnson became the First Lady under tragic circumstances. At the outset of this volume she speaks of the Kennedy assassination. She makes a a strikingly sad description of Mrs. Kennedy immediately after the shooting so beautifully and neatly dressed, her clothes stained with the blood of her husband. She shows great respect for Jacqueline Kennedy, and tells the story in a restrained and direct way. In fact certain qualities characterize Mrs. Johnson, and her diary throughout. She writes positively about people, and it is rare when she has a negative word or implication in regard to them. Perhaps this is the sign that she is a political wife, and certainly she was the wife of one of America's greatest twentieth century politicians.
Anyone reading this Diary cannot be but amazed at the tremendous amount of people the Johnsons knew and their seemingly continuous involvement with them. Another element which is consistent in the work is its not focusing on the words and deeds of the President. This is really Lady Bird's story. And while her role as Presidential wife, deference to her husband is always there she primarily talks here about what she saw and heard. Her role as mother also plays a good part here.
Still the work reveals much about the Johnson's rich world of acquaintances, political contacts. One of the little known stories about Lyndon Johnson was that he as a young politician went out of his way to help rescue Jews from the Nazis. One moving visit spoken about in the Diary is to an Austin congregation consisting in good part of those saved and their descendants.
Lady Bird like her husband had a great appetite and appreciation for life. She writes in a direct way about her world of interests, including her social and charity work. She does not focus on the great historical events but on day- to- day life of her family.
This is a very fine and informative book. Anyone who truly appreciates American political life will greatly enjoy this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blue Sage on November 3, 2009
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Having already read A White House Diary, I wanted my own copy to savor. Mrs Johnson must have had a terrific education in her little Texas town. Her writing is fluent and engaging, like a good letter from a friend. There's no way of knowing how much help, if any, she had writing this book, but there's no whiff of the ghost about it.
I had the good fortune to meet Mrs. Johnson in the late 1970s when she was serving as a University of Texas regent. She was charming, a real straight shooter, very much her own person and better looking than her photographs, though no beauty.
Mrs. Johnson seems to have had the gift of friendship, and the class to refrain getting back at her critics in print. Though treated badly by the Kennedys and their hangers-on, she spoke no evil about them, though she must have been mighty tempted.
Goes well with Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson by Jan Jarboe Russell, although the second book is sometimes more laudatory than necessary. A White House Diary avoids much of the excuse-making of later first lady books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Booska on December 5, 2007
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Bought this book for my in law since he loves to read. He mentioned for me to give it a whirl so I did. Great details from a woman whose life itself was under a microscope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) was First Lady from 1963-69, on the heels of the Kennedy assassination. She shows genuine respect for the late president's widow and speaks of her in very positive terms.

The entire diary underscores the former First Lady's true graciousness and strength of character. She plainly cares about others; makes a point to accentuate the positive and couches her general observations in very gentle, pleasant terms.

As First Lady and prior to that, the wife of the Vice President and also a senator, Lady Bird came in contact with very powerful politicos of the day. She has interesting anecdotes to share and always with the same tone of acceptance. At no time does she denigrate anyone.

Her big nod to President Lyndon B. Johnson was in talking about the things they shared in disussions and about the people they knew. She includes little known and rarely covered stories involving President Johnson, such as his strong stand against the WWII atrocities and his direct involvement in helping Holocaust survivors.

Her daughters, Lynda and Luci are described in glowing terms. The former First Daughters and their families continue to be active politically.

Lady Bird is also known for her legacy of beauty. She went on a mission to beautify America by having many billboards removed and by planting vast stretches of wildflowers. In fact, a Lady Bird Wildflower Center and a lake named in her honor stand as testamony to her passionate work for the environment.

Lady Bird. A truly good woman, a humble sower of seeds to share beauty. Her legacy will keep her in the hearts and minds of many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick on July 26, 2009
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This book is one of the best books you will ever read about what went on behind the scenes at historic events. When you remember the mood of the nation after the assassination of President Kennedy, reading how the government moves on is quite inspiring. Ladybird always thought of herself as a plain, unimportant woman. Read the book...judge for yourself. I highly recomend this book for everyone in your family to read.
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