- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620408066
- ISBN-13: 978-1620408063
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faustian Bargains: Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the Robber Baron Culture of Texas Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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"The volume is stuffed with information arranged in an organized and accessible manner designed to provide the reader with a comprehensive and coherent chronicle of the subject matter at hand . . . . I thought I knew Johnson pretty well before reading Faustian Bargains, but I was wrong. If you are a student of history, you will want to add this one to your personal collection. Truth really is stranger than fiction." - Bowling Green (KY) Daily News
"Joan Mellen has a superb new page turner, hashing out the dark side of Lyndon Johnson, Faustian Bargains . . . . an essential read to understand Lyndon Baines Johnson and the events of his presidency. Author Joan Mellen has added to her body of work regarding the Kennedy assassination and, as usual, no serious researcher can ignore her latest offering. The author speaks from the realm of conscience and well documented fact." - Sleuth Journal
"FAUSTIAN BARGAINS stands apart from the latter-day run of LBJ books by distinguishing fact from opinion and primary from hearsay evidence, conscientiously not vaulting to conclusions and satisfying the author--and this reader--that Lyndon Johnson was a killer more than metaphorically." - American History Magazine
About the Author
Joan Mellen has written more than twenty books on subjects ranging from history and true crime to biography and sports. Her profile of then-Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight was a New York Times bestseller, and her joint biography of Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman was highly praised. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University, and lives in New Jersey.
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I met the author at a conference in 2014, and something she said exemplifies her work: "follow the truth, wherever it leads you".
Her review of the USS Liberty incident is chilling. We have a choice - we can either sweep our true history under the rug, or we can look it squarely in the eye and learn from it. I highly recommend this book.