Fascinating, masterful, informative
Beautifully written, detailed painstaking research, enhanced my knowledge of US political system and role played by individuals. Deep insight into personalities, ambitions, motivations and human story behind major events.
Language Arts teacher
It seemed for too many of its early hour an extensive and dull history of the Senate, offering little mention or insight into the character of Lyndon Johnson.
The crafty political machinations of Johnson as a manipulator/legislator.
Unimpassionately matter of fact
Only the last half. The first part was a dull history of the Senate that as a preface to Johnson's time in the Senate was left unconnected.
The details of Johnson early political life and the way the politics was conducted in the senate
Would like to see the earlier volumes of this biography on Audible
Brilliant. Meticulous. Deep.
The whole thing was a triumph.
I guess Lyndon Johnson, but the cast of characters around him made the book truly great.
It was, happily, too long for that. But every time I quit listening to it, I looked forward to returning to it. I listen to these books driving back and forth to and from work.
Robert Caro is so dedicated to his work. Any book by him is a treasure.
Robert Caro is a thorough researcher and has a lively writing style. Lyndon Johnson was a complex person and a consummate politician. How such a politician gets and uses power makes a compelling story. I cannot think of a book that gives a comparable insight into how the Senate works. Because the book is 1100 pages long one hesitates to take it on. Having it read by a fine reader made it easier, much easier. Grover Gardner has a pleasant voice and his insightful reading brings out the drama in the story. I looked forward to having Caro and Gardner's company as I put myself through my exercise paces. Sometimes I kept on walking the treadmill because the story was too engrossing to shut down.
A detailed history not only of Senator Johnson, but of the Senate, its workings and history, as well.
Did not read the print. I like listening better than reading. Can do in the car.
Stories of LBJ and Richard Russel. Background of how the southern senators "owned " the senate. Founding fathers intent to create a voter independent body.
Story comes alive.
The Intentional Baracade
Get your friends to read it. If you like history, without being bored - go for it.
If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, make the leap; you won't regret it. Caro is a master, plain and simple. It reads both in micro (sentences that'll make you want to read/hear/say them again, just because) and macro (big, multi-threaded narratives, effortlessly, with a great storyteller's ear). Barbara Tuchman said that great history writing should also be great writing. Folks, this is what she was talking about.
I'm getting smarter by the chapter, and enjoying every minute of it. And I'll remember it too, because great language works that way.
Mr. Caro, my hat is off to you.
I'll say that I'm a little envious of Grover Gardner, who does a superb job. Getting paid to read this is a really good gig, and we sense his enjoyment throughout as he rises to the occasion.
I had my eye on this book for a year or longer but the idea of reading about the Senate kept me away. How could the Senate be interesting? I hate politicians! Plus the cover is so bland and uninteresting. Yet, there were consistently very good reviews so I gave Volume 1 a try. I was very pleasantly surprised and could understand why the book was so highly rated. It is a very good read. After having listened to Volume 1 I purchased Volumes 2 and 3 and enjoyed them all. I believe Volume 1 was the best book of the three but I had to finish the story after having begun it. I am now more firmly entrenched in my belief that politicians are corrupt and self-serving. Johnson was even more corrupt, power hungry and self-serving than I had thought but Caro tells the story of many people and how they intertwined in LBJ's life so it is an ongoing and interesting tale of big-time politics in the forties and fifties.
I can't recommend this book high enough. Master of the Senate is rich with history of not only Johnson's time in the Senate, but with a history of how the structure of the Senate and other branches of government work together. If that sounds a little boring, don't be mislead. This book is written in a way that makes the complex machinations of Washington politics alive and rich.
It also follows Johnson's personal rise in politics and is relevant today because it gives us an example of how someone gains and uses power. The specific details of history may change, but human nature doesn't, so it provides a perspective on events happening at this very moment in local, national, and global politics.
I've read the first two volumes (Path to Power, and Means of Ascent) in print. Unfortunately, they are not available from audible.com at this time. Luckily you can safely read just Master of the Senate without having read the first 2 volumes. (I agree with the first reviewer here, Audible, please add these fantastic books.)
Be warned though, there is an abridged version here on audible.com as well as the unabridged. Look for the 3 volume set to get the full story.