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July 15, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN
Some of the revelations about Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Dallek's "Lone Star Rising": 1937: Johnson's congressional campaign allegedly gives Elliot Roosevelt, son of the President, a $5,000 bribe to send Johnson a telegram saying his election to the House would make him an asset to his father's Administration. 1939-40: Johnson helps get dozens of Jewish refugees out of Europe, securing false passports and one-way visas to Latin America for them, then transferring them to Texas.
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April 24, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
ROBERT DALLEK already has established himself as one of our most formidable chroniclers of the modern presidency, but his new book, "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power," sets a new benchmark for the field and surely will come to be regarded as a classic work of contemporary American history. Dallek is the author of a magisterial two-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson and also of the deservedly bestselling "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998
Re "LBJ's Achievements Dimmed by His Nature," Commentary, April 1: Robert Dallek says that LBJ "privately helped Richard Nixon" in the 1968 election when Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic nominee. Absolutely, totally false. I say that because I was there. In early October 1968, President Johnson called me and said: "I'm not going to let Nixon win Texas in this election." (No Democratic candidate had ever won a presidential election without carrying Texas.) He went on to say: "You get in touch with Hofheinz (Judge Roy Hofheinz was the owner of the Houston Astrodome)
BOOKS
June 1, 2003 | Jack Newfield, Jack Newfield is the author of numerous books, including "Robert Kennedy: A Memoir," to be reissued in the fall by Nation Books.
John F. Kennedy had the intellect of James Madison and the libido of James Brown. He had charm, wit, a remarkable wife, a fortunate face and a special style. But judged on substance and accomplishment, he does not rank in the company of our greatest presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and FDR. He had only those 1,000 days in the White House. Yet the public's interest in him seems to keep growing rather than fading with the passage of time.
NEWS
July 15, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When they write about the wars over Lyndon Johnson's legacy, future historians may note that the opening salvos weren't fired in the Texas hill country or in the halls of Congress. Instead, they erupted at Lutece, the chic Manhattan restaurant. There, on a cool March night this year, Oxford University Press held a reception for UCLA history professor Robert Dallek on the publication of "Lone Star Rising," his biography of the 36th President.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
ROBERT DALLEK already has established himself as one of our most formidable chroniclers of the modern presidency, but his new book, "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power," sets a new benchmark for the field and surely will come to be regarded as a classic work of contemporary American history. Dallek is the author of a magisterial two-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson and also of the deservedly bestselling "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963."
BOOKS
June 1, 2003 | Jack Newfield, Jack Newfield is the author of numerous books, including "Robert Kennedy: A Memoir," to be reissued in the fall by Nation Books.
John F. Kennedy had the intellect of James Madison and the libido of James Brown. He had charm, wit, a remarkable wife, a fortunate face and a special style. But judged on substance and accomplishment, he does not rank in the company of our greatest presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and FDR. He had only those 1,000 days in the White House. Yet the public's interest in him seems to keep growing rather than fading with the passage of time.
BOOKS
August 11, 1991 | Michael R. Beschloss, Beschloss is the author, most recently, of "The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963" (HarperCollins)
Much of the pre-publication publicity for "Lone Star Rising" has cast this excellent volume as the rival to another biography with very different ambitions, Robert Caro's "The Years of Lyndon Johnson." This does it insufficient justice. Robert Dallek's book stands in the tradition of Stephen Ambrose's "Eisenhower"--lives of American Presidents viewed preeminently in the context of larger historical structures and themes. Dallek's previous major work, "Franklin D.
WORLD
August 16, 2009 | Andrew Zajac
President Nixon's determination to eliminate the socialist regime of Salvador Allende led him to offer monetary support to efforts by the Brazilian military to undermine the Chilean leader, according to a newly declassified summary of a White House meeting between Nixon and the president of Brazil. "The president said that it was very important that Brazil and the United States work closely in this field. . . . If money were required or other discreet aid, we might be able to make it available," stated the synopsis of Nixon's December 1971 conversation with President Emilio Medici.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Historians Robert Dallek and Sean Wilentz and author-essayist Barbara Ehrenreich are among the more than 100 writers who have signed an open letter asking the Washington Post not to shut down its stand-alone Sunday Book World section. "Few forums besides Book World introduce so many readers to so many important new works of literature and thought each week," the letter reads. "As part of one of our most venerated papers, it carries prestige and influence. It enriches our culture with its thoughtful criticism."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998
Re "LBJ's Achievements Dimmed by His Nature," Commentary, April 1: Robert Dallek says that LBJ "privately helped Richard Nixon" in the 1968 election when Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic nominee. Absolutely, totally false. I say that because I was there. In early October 1968, President Johnson called me and said: "I'm not going to let Nixon win Texas in this election." (No Democratic candidate had ever won a presidential election without carrying Texas.) He went on to say: "You get in touch with Hofheinz (Judge Roy Hofheinz was the owner of the Houston Astrodome)
BOOKS
August 11, 1991 | Michael R. Beschloss, Beschloss is the author, most recently, of "The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963" (HarperCollins)
Much of the pre-publication publicity for "Lone Star Rising" has cast this excellent volume as the rival to another biography with very different ambitions, Robert Caro's "The Years of Lyndon Johnson." This does it insufficient justice. Robert Dallek's book stands in the tradition of Stephen Ambrose's "Eisenhower"--lives of American Presidents viewed preeminently in the context of larger historical structures and themes. Dallek's previous major work, "Franklin D.
NEWS
July 15, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN
Some of the revelations about Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Dallek's "Lone Star Rising": 1937: Johnson's congressional campaign allegedly gives Elliot Roosevelt, son of the President, a $5,000 bribe to send Johnson a telegram saying his election to the House would make him an asset to his father's Administration. 1939-40: Johnson helps get dozens of Jewish refugees out of Europe, securing false passports and one-way visas to Latin America for them, then transferring them to Texas.
NEWS
July 15, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When they write about the wars over Lyndon Johnson's legacy, future historians may note that the opening salvos weren't fired in the Texas hill country or in the halls of Congress. Instead, they erupted at Lutece, the chic Manhattan restaurant. There, on a cool March night this year, Oxford University Press held a reception for UCLA history professor Robert Dallek on the publication of "Lone Star Rising," his biography of the 36th President.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996
Re "As the Scandals Turn: Charisma Counts, Not Character," Opinion, Nov. 17: Robert Dallek is undoubtedly correct in asserting that image weighs heavily as an influence on voters in choosing a president. But this conclusion that the recent election shows that it outweighs character is unjustified. Not once does he even intimate that policy differences might be involved. For myself, I would prefer Dole at my backyard barbecue--I like his style. But policies swung my vote to Clinton.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2004 | From Times staff and wire reports
The History Channel has asked three historians to examine the credibility of a documentary it aired because the widow and former associates of Lyndon B. Johnson complained about the program's contention that the former president was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Lady Bird Johnson and former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter had written letters requesting the independent probe.
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