A review in The American Historical Review
praised the book, which was published around the same time as Lyndon's The Vantage Point
, for its insight into the American presidency. The New York Review of Books
considered the book to have a "lubberly vocabulary" and said she could instead have "stuck to her homey colloquialisms". They continued to say that the book's importance was "questionable" because she didn't go into much detail about the political side of the presidency and included little gossip. The reviewer concluded that "It is a harmless book, but it is very long."
James Brady, writing for The Washington Post
, called the book "a simply splendid account", feeling that "there never has been, and perhaps never will be, such an intimate glance of power in its private moments." He concluded that the book was "extraordinary".
A reviewer in The New York Times
reviewed the book favorably, noting that it was "intensely personal" and considered it to have "fascinating" details.
Dorothy Rabinowitz in Commentary
described the book as "a full, and disturbing, replay of the nation's troubles [during Johnson's term as president]."