July 15, 1991 |
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.
April 24, 2007 |
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."
June 1, 2003 |
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.
August 11, 1991 |
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.
January 30, 2009 |
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
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.