Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Book Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

Michael Erin serves as vice president of development for The Economic Club of Las Vegas. In his free time, he reads books from the classics to the modern. In particular, Michael Erin enjoys reading books by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is arguably America’s best-known historian and has even appeared as a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Having written a number of nonfiction books, she focuses on presidential history and received a Pulitzer Prize for her 1994 book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, published in 1976, is notable both for its content and the story behind it. She was in graduate school at Harvard when she began working as an intern at the White House in the mid-1960s during President Johnson’s administration. While on the job, she cowrote a magazine article that was critical of Johnson’s escalation of the war in Vietnam.

The article came to President Johnson’s attention, and instead of firing her, he later asked her to assist him in writing his memoirs. As a result, she spent a good deal of time with Johnson and eventually drew on these firsthand experiences in writing her biography of him.


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