As an Aussie, I knew very little about LBJ but I had heard these Caro books were brilliant. How right that is. I particularly appreciated the depth of the background in the history and working of the US senate and Caro's portrayal of this complex and flawed man is unflinching and compelling. I highly recommend it for anyone, but for any politics tragic, it's an absolute must. Seven stars.
I'm a history buff. This book gives a masterful history of the US Senate from the before the Civil War to the years of Lyndon Johnson's work there. At first, I felt annoyed at the length of the overview, then if occurred to me that Mr. Caro was giving the history of a very dysfunctional organization. It showed how Lyndon Johnson slipped into power, using this staggering dysfunction. It was all very interesting.
There isn't really ONE moment. The book illustrates Johnson's breathtaking ruthlessness as a politician.OK, one moment. After WWII 75% of the American people wanted civil rights for blacks in the South. The source for this statistic wasn't cited in the book but there might be a bibliography in the paper book, that sites the source. 75%... and the southern democrats blocked it, wouldn't let it happen, and Lyndon Johnson was one of them. To me, he was not only ruthless, but his action was evil.
Mr. Gardner has a pleasing tenor voice. I enjoy listening to his narration.
No, I like absorbing information and stewing in it before going onto the next section. This book is very well researched.
If you like history and biography, this book is very well done and very interesting. I've had it for over a year and hadn't gotten around to listening to it. I'm sorry it took me so long.
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.