Gallery: LBJ the Power Broker

Johnson in front of Junction Elementary School, which he attended as a child.

“Every generation gains its impressions of the world at a formative age. In private life, this typically occurs in childhood. In public life, it happens in early adulthood. Johnson’s generation came of age in the 1940s, when the United States dominated the global economy as no country ever had before (or would after). . . . Power is always comparative, and American power at the end of World War II was so commanding because the United States’ potential competitors were so weak. Germany and Japan were devastated; France, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom were exhausted. Such an anomalous condition couldn’t last, and it didn’t.” -- H.W. Brands, “Johnson the Power Broker”

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