Texas in the Morning
The Love Story of Madeleine Brown
President Lyndon Baines Johnson
by Madeleine Duncan Brown
Now, at last, the long suppressed true story of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's secret lover and the story of his only son.
Madeleine Brown bore President Lyndon Johnson's son, Steven Mark Brown. She and the young Senator, later President, maintained an affair for 21 years through the period he was in the White House. These were historic times when war, disorder and international turmoil rent the world. Brown describes in riveting detail these events passing through the lives of ordinary people, and those who had to deal with crisis after crisis. In the midst of all the tumult was the private life and love of a woman and her children with no father. It is, to put it mildly, a great story.
But this is a poignant tale, one of live and an illegitimate son whom Johnson could not publicly acknowledge. Above all it is a romantic and erotic love story, the story of a young girl fallen in love with a man who was determined to be President. Madeleine Brown, a young advertising executive, got to know everyone who was anyone in Dallas, and became convinced that they conspired, along with her lover, to kill President Kennedy and go to war in Vietnam. Brown tells it like it is and does not mince words. This is a bawdy, lusty, and honest book and those who are in haste to sit in judgement should stay away. Perhaps there has never been a book like this to reach print and the public--an erotic and romantic love story of a President and his mistress. Its truth is that we are all human and all alike in our needs and failings.
This book sings. It has some of the greatest historical writing in American literature. The long description, by someone who lived in Dallas at the time, of the 24 hours before President Kennedy came to Dallas, his assassination and the immediate aftermath beats Jim Bishop by a mile. The tragedy and pathos in this story, along with love and joy and great achievement, add up to an extraordinary book of great power. After all, President Johnson, for all his faults and for the possibility that he in some way participated in various murders including that of President Kennedy, had an amazing string of achievements in his presidency that no other president might have duplicated. In a sense, he carried through Kennedy's program where Kennedy might have had no chance to do so at all. But soon Johnson's achievements in his own "Great Society" program turned to bitter fruit, the joy of life and success soured, and he died a bitter and tormented man. The horror of 22 November 1963 and the Vietnam war was forever to haunt him.
Madeleine Brown has been on some of the nation's most major TV talk shows, including Sally, Geraldo, and Phil Donahue, sometimes with her son Steven, long before this courageous book was printed. Readers will be enthralled, and it is a "can't put it down" book.