Posted on March 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It feels cliché to comment on how first ladies of the past were quiet forces behind their husbands.

But in the case of Lady Bird Johnson, it also seems fitting, especially based on the title of a new book about her.

Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight comes out Tuesday, and the New York Times previews some of the moments in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s career in which his wife served as a crucial source of emotional support — and political advice.

Lady Bird Johnson began keeping a diary shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s November 1963 assassination and continued through her own husband’s official departure from the White House in January 1969.

These journals, some of them only recently unsealed, were invaluable to Julia Sweig, author of the upcoming biography.

You can read more about Sweig’s research process and the scholarly reaction to it, in addition to revelations from the book itself, in the NY Times.

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