LBJ: Architect of Ambition

LBJ: Architect of Ambition

Randall Woods

8.28.2006

Randall Woods

Randall B. Woods is the John A. Cooper Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, where he has taught since 1971. He is also author several books, including LBJ: Architect of American Ambition and Fulbright: A Biography, which was awarded the Robert H. Ferrell Prize for the Best Book on American Foreign Relations and the Virginia Ledbetter Prize for the Best Book on Southern Studies.

Lyndon B. Johnson is one of the most significant and least understood presidents in American history. Often maligned by the press, LBJ was an intimidating and overbearing president, and has been portrayed as a dark, almost evil, figure. Award-winning historian and professor Randall B. Woods talks about his newest book, LBJ: Architect of American Ambition, which is the first biography that explores President Johnson’s key influences, personal and political battles and extraordinary legacy through in-depth interviews, new White House recordings and declassified documents, to reveal a different side of Johnson. Woods interviewed LBJ’s longtime secretary and dozens of Johnson aides, whose interviews add context to the larger-than-life history of this ambitious Texan.