New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. First Edition. Bright red cloth with titling blocked in blue on spine and a blue rectangle with LBJ's signature impressed on cover. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Bob & Helen / Not as good as you could have done but my best - / Affectionately / Lyndon B. Johnson" on LBJ's personal book plate affixed to half title page. On the verso of the ffe is a typed note, also on LBJ's personal bookplate, "Although December twenty-fifth is still some time away, I hope you will enjoy having this volume as an early Christmas gift. I am so grateful for you friendship and wanted you to receive one of the first copies. Lady Bird joins me in best wishes for the coming season and always" 6" x 9.25", pp. xi 1-636 with 72 pages of black and white photographs in six, 6 page sections. Both the book and the DJ have been well kept by the previous owner, excellent condition throughout with only a miniscule crimp on bottom, center rear of jacket.
Lyndon Baines Johnson (Aug 27, 1908 – Jan 22, 1973) was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office upon the death of President Kennedy, after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963. A Democrat from Texas, he also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson won his first Congressional election to the House of Representatives in 1937. He won election to the Senate in 1948, and was appointed the position of Senate Majority Whip in 1951. He became the Senate Minority Leader in 1953 and the Senate Majority Leader in 1955. As a leader in the Senate, Johnson became known for his domineering personality and the "Johnson treatment", his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation. Johnson ran for the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election. Although unsuccessful, he accepted the invitation of then-Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts to be his running mate. Johnson designed the "Great Society" legislation by expanding civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the arts, urban and rural development, public services, and his "War on Poverty". However his legacy also includes the escalation of America's involvement in the Vietnam War, which blemished his otherwise progressive place in political history.
Inscribees, Robert M. and Helen D. Jackson were neighbors of the Johnson's to their ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Robert was editor of the Caller Times in Corpus Christi, TX. Helen was the first woman reporter on the San Angelo Standard Times, and subsequently worked for the Associated Press in Washington D.C. The Robert M. Jackson Award for Scholarship in Journalism is available from the University of Texas, Austin. Fine / fine. Item #632
"I had used the power of the Presidency proudly, and I used every ounce of it I had. I used it to establish programs that gave thousands of youngsters a head start in school, that enabled thousands of old folks to live in clean nursing homes, that brought justice to the Negro and hope to the poor that forced the nation to face the growing problems of pollution. In this exercise of power, I knew a satisfaction that only a limited number of men have ever known and that I could have had in no other way." (p 433).