A FAMILY ALBUM by Rebekah Baines Johnson


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In the absence of any contrary information from the publisher, we are assuming that A Family Album is what LBJ's biographers have referred to as ""The Mother Book,"" a primary source of Johnson family history written by the President's mother and which, up to now, could be seen only by special permission. The editor's note says, ""This family genealogy was lovingly gathered by Mrs. Johnson from family Bibles, courthouse records, and tombstone dates. Mrs. Johnson was an enthusiastic family chronicler but not a professional genealogist."" This leaves very little for the reviewer to say. It is indeed a loving, enthusiastic collection of anecdotes about the Baines, Johnsons, Buntons, Deshas and Huffmans who, since the Revolution, added to the genes that made LBJ. These are earnest, if unprofessional records, and, since the general market for amateur genealogy is nil, would have been certain of everlasting obscurity in the world of letters if the President had not become the President.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1965
Publisher: McGraw-Hill