“The Johnson Years: A Congressman Goes to War,” November 6, 1989. On Johnson’s early career and military service. “For ten years he had been regarded as a winner in Washington. Now he would be going back to Washington as a loser. So going back was hard.”
“The Johnson Years: The Old and the New—The Opponent,” January 15, 1990. On Coke Robert Stevenson, Johnson’s opponent in the 1948 Senate campaign. “Coke Stevenson didn’t talk much, but when he talked, men listened.”
“The Johnson Years: The Old and the New—Whirlwind,” January 22, 1990. On Johnson’s political ambitions and the 1948 Senate race. “Presidents, he told the young aide, were known by their initials. ‘F.D.R.—L.B.J., F.D.R.—L.B.J. Do you get it? What I want is for people to start thinking of me in terms of initials.’”
“The Johnson Years: The Old and the New—All or Nothing,” January 29, 1990. On the runoff primary in the 1948 Senate race. “One month to go. One month to make up seventy thousand votes…. One month for Lyndon Johnson to save his political career.”
“The Johnson Years: The Old and the New—The Stealing,” February 5, 1990. How Johnson won the 1948 Democratic Senate primary by stealing votes. “The unwritten laws, the ethics, the morals of Texas politics were so loose and elastic that it was difficult to break them. Yet Lyndon Johnson had broken them.”
“Annals of Politics: The Orator of the Dawn,” March 4, 2002. On Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson. “No man, in 1951, would have seemed less likely to be an instrument of compromise than Humphrey; no senator, indeed, would have seemed less likely to be anyone’s tool.”
“Annals of Politics: The Compassion of Lyndon Johnson,” April 1, 2002. On Johnson’s attitudes to race and civil rights. “The victories that Lyndon Johnson won for civil rights began even before his Presidency—in 1957—and the victory he won in that year was perhaps the hardest-won victory of all.”
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