experience. As he relates the town's history, you hear that he himself
has played a significant role in that history; not usually a leadership
role, but that of sage and advisor and behind-the-scenes manipulator of
As you talk with him and listen to his yarns, you have the feeling
that you are benefiting from a deft weaving of basic facts and fanciful
embellishments. You wonder what new dimensions the history will
take if you come back next week. But unless you are a serious historian
yourself, you are not concerned about the embellishments for the
stories are so interesting to hear.
Sam Houston Johnson's book, My Brother Lyndon, gives the reader
much the same feeling.
Sam Houston, as the President called him, provides an engaging
view of activities in the nation's capital while his brother was exerting
his significant impact upon the scene. He seemingly tells it all, even
including the 3oo dollar contribution to his brother's campaign which
he himself pocketed, as well as some of the high times he arranged at
the expense of those who undoubtedly were vying for his brother's
Probably the most valuable contributions made by the book are the
descriptions of President Johnson's concerns and of the heavy pres-
sures which bear down upon the highest office in our land. The Amer-
ican people tend, probably rightly but certainly without compassion,
to blame their President for all the nation's difficulties, even though
the events of the times would have developed regardless of who oc-
cupied the White House.
Sam Houston Johnson well describes his brother's frustrations, his
genuine desire to serve the public, and his real compassion for the
United States Senate JOHN G. TOWER
Maury Maverick: A Political Biography. By Richard B. Henderson.
(Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970o. Pp. xxiii + 386. Illus-
trations, bibliography, index. $8.50.)
From the New Deal to the Eisenhower era, Maury Maverick was
the single most important figure in Texas liberalism. As a two-term
congressman in the 1930's, mayor of San Antonio, and foe of gob-
bledygook, the earthy and articulate Maverick. fought for civil liber-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101200/. Accessed January 26, 2015.