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The Passage of Power

The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Caro, Robert A.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Passage of Power
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Pulitizer Prize biographer Robert A. Caro follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career, describing Johnson's volatile relationship with John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy during the fight they waged for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president, through Johnson's unhappy vice presidency, his assumption to the presidency after Kennedy's assassination, his victories over the budget and civil rights, and the eroding trap of Vietnam.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 9780679405078
0679405070
Branch Call Number: B Johnson C
Characteristics: xix, 712 p. ; 24 cm.

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Mar 27, 2013
  • alpert99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating insights into the personalities of LBJ and RFK and their mutual loathing.

Jan 27, 2013
  • christiefox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a masterful book! This is a long, worthwhile read into a fairly short period of Johnson's life. I wasn't that interested in LBJ before I read this, but now I can't wait for the next volume.

Jun 30, 2012
  • wac6 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved reading this book, found it engrossing, and couldn't wait to pick it back up again every time I had to detach over the course of the couple weeks it took me to read it. But I have to say, Caro could use a good copyeditor. The redundancies can be distracting, and his careful work deserves better. The book is (otherwise) very well designed, and fun to hold and turn through, even given how heavy it is (somehow its heft is a feature of the design).

More of my thoughts on this book, here: http://www.wac6.com/wac6/2012/06/robert-caro-needs-1-a-copy-editor-and-2-a-producer-for-his-footnotes.html

Jun 24, 2012
  • myleskesten rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a worthy addition to the outstanding series on the life and times of Lyndon Johnson. I've learned so much about the American political system through reading these books. And each in the series is dramatically structured such that I can hardly but the books down. I look forward to the 5th book in the series.

Hopefully he is aging like wine. . .

Caro is in his seventies. I hope that we don't have to wait another ten years for the volumn on his presidency.

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