It just wasn't an issue then.
Yeah. What's not talked about is almost as interesting as what is talked about.
What surprised you about your mother, or what did you learn about her?
It wasn't a revelation in any way, it was more like a reconnection. She was very much the person I remember. I can tell that she was sadder than she was later on, but it wasn't so different.
Any favorite forgotten details?
Some of the ways that she put things just reminded me of the way she used to talk. When she talks about going down to Texas and then they're all named Yarborough and then there was one Yarborough and another Yarborough—that was just so typical of her and the way she described things.
What do you think your parents would make of today's politics?
Oh my gosh. [Laughs.] I don't know. I wish they were here, though, because I would love to know. I really would.
Editor's Note: Arthur Schlesinger's estate was compensated for the publication of this book.