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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Billy Lee Brammer Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since its 1961 publication, Billy Lee Brammer's book, inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson, has gained a cult following. It has been praised by the New York Times, Gore Vidal, and Larry King, and has been ranked alongside All the King's Men as one of the great American political novels.

Brammer, who served on Lyndon Johnson's staff, uses his experience as a political insider to illustrate the good and the bad sides of politics. Three interlocking tales each feature a different protagonist - a state legislator, a junior senator, and the governor's press secretary - and illuminate the figure of Arthur Goddam Fenstemaker, a master politician and the governor of Texas. Considered a ruthless, exuberant politician, Fenstemaker works for the ultimate good of the people, even though he often employs questionable methods.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 12/28/2013

    " Often mentioned here, in Austin, Texas, as being the quintessential historical representation of modern Texas politics. It's not nearly as dry as that sounds, since modern Texas politics can be fascinating; The Gay Place is so well-crafted it would be worth reading just for the novel aspect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick O'Connor | 9/30/2013

    " Interesting character insight into LBJ if you believe Fenstemaker was based on Johnson. The three stories are woven together exceptionally well, and it still really captures the spirit of Austin, Texas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt | 9/6/2013

    " About Texas poiltics, culture and shenanigans (read: LBJ)in the 50-60's. I wasn't there but he makes it sound like god-damned good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joseph | 6/5/2013

    " Best novel on American politics bar none. Brammer was a press secretary for LBJ in the 1950s, so he knew very well what he was writing about. "

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