Before I begin droning let me apologise for my absence today. 'Domestic events, dear boy, domestic events', to paraphrase one of my boring and over-used quotes.
My preceding post went back to 1963 and the murder of President Kennedy, and this post remains in that era. I am provoked to it by the imminent release of a new film, "LBJ", which is about to be released with Woody Harrelson playing the lead. The film is reviewed by Kyle Smith at The National Review and he points up the deeply peculiar nature of the late Lyndon Baines Johnson. He was, after all, the archetypal 'good ol' Southern boy' and any one of the multitude of crass insults he tossed at 'niggers' would, if spoken today, have ended his career in a second.
And yet ... and yet ... this foul-mouthed, bully boy used all of his considerable skills at political thuggery to drive through the Civil Rights Act which was, arguably, the greatest step forward for black Americans since the Civil War. I know next to nothing about this contradictory, fascinating and, I suspect, deeply unpleasant man and so I throw myself on the mercy of my American readers to point me towards a detached but professional biography - er, but don't hang about, Xmas is coming and I will need to add it to the 'book wish list' I always send to 'SoD' on the 1st December!