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1994, Dallek retired, though he retains close ties to UCLA. A founding
member of the School of Public Policy and Social Research, he taught
the first course in the school last fall. In October, he'll be the
star attraction at a fund-raising dinner for the College of Letters
the meantime, he's also finishing the second volume of his LBJ biography.
Shortly after moving to Washington, Dallek went to the University
of Texas at Austin to teach and to do research in the LBJ Presidential
Library. Scheduled for publication in 1998, the final part of the
historian's magnum opus will pick up the Johnson saga during his
years as vice president and take it through the end of the embattled
Lone Star Rising, Dallek delivered a slew of revelations about LBJ.
The new material documented both acts of skullduggery and tremendous
courage. On the one hand, Johnson may have improperly lobbied U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black to reject a legal challenge to
the 1948 Senate election which he narrowly won by stuffing ballot
boxes in South Texas. On the other hand, he also secretly helped
Jews fleeing Nazi Germany enter the United States.
time around, Dallek has again uncovered a wealth of new material.
He's the first researcher to be granted access to tapes Johnson
covertly made of phone conversations while he occupied the White
House. "Johnson had given them to the LBJ library and told his secretary
to have them sealed for 50 years after his death," Dallek explains.
"But Harry Middleton, the head of the library, who was a Johnson
aide and speechwriter, is very sympathetic to the idea of having
the full story told."