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In her new biography that emphasized the private contours of the Johnson marriage, Betty Boyd Caroli illuminated several of its cryptic and less favorable aspects. The biographer referred to D. Jablow Hershman's 2002 book on LBJ's mental condition, "Using a term popular during Lyndon's lifetime but later replaced by bi-polar, Hershman...

Betty Boyd Caroli, a noted biographer of America's First Ladies, recently authored a book about the wife of America's 34th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). Lady Bird and Lyndon focused upon the whirlwind courtship and thirty-eight year marriage between the demure Claudia Taylor of East Texas and the out-sized...

The most significant visit of an American president to Vienna was the June 3-4, 1961 summit between an inexperienced John F. Kennedy and the wily and combative  Russian Communist party chairman, Nikita Khrushchev. The eighteenth and nineteenth century importance of Vienna as the capital of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian empire had...

I apologize for the absence of blog entries during the past three weeks. I was away from my desk top, experiencing three historical European capital cities: Berlin, Vienna and Rome. In a change of perspective, the next three blog posts will relate the experiences of American presidents, either before of during...

Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in August 1974 and the Nixons moved to their California seaside retreat. But they could not escape the fallout from the Watergate affair. Washington Post news reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, wishing to pursue farther a fame-enhancing narrative, wrote a follow up Watergate tell-all...