Caro's ability to portray Power epically, systematically and with humor.
The story of a crude, morally-unchallenged person, with an equally unchallenged sense of power.
A sense of listening to a superb story teller, as I drive. I look forward to more driving in order to continue Gardner's reading of the story.
If you're prepared to pay, I'll think about it seriously.
Man it's long, but when it was over, I felt like I was losing an old friend. Good thing Passage of Power was next in the queue. :)
Caro is brilliant. He does an excellent job of weaving in specific themes without being overbearing or redundant. As soon as I get another six months to commit to a book, I plan to dig into his book on Bob Moses.
The most striking biography I've listened to/read. It presents a brilliant nuanced picture of perhaps the most brillant, contradictory politician in American history. Caro has an incredible knowledge and understanding of LBJ and his time period. He also writes grandly and beautifully.
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.