Interesting researched powerful
LBJ. Being a Texan child when LBJ came into the presidency, my interest in what drives powerful men led me naturally to be drawn to reading about LBJ. Caro has done a excellent job of in depth research on his subject. I will always have my eye out for any book he chooses to write. Gardner just completes the package with his voice.
Yes. Love his voice and smooth cadence.
No. It's way too long for me to stay awake that long, but I have listened to this book over and over ....and will again and again...
An excellent insight into an important person in history and his relationship with the Kennedy's.
The book is very long and we listen on long, long drives. Therefore I have time to do other things as well.
Insights into American political history: how the legislature works
An excellent follow-up to Master of the Senate.
After listening to interview of the author by Charlie Rose, mt question is "Why was Ina, Robert's wife not a co-author?"
Grover Gardner has been the perfect narrator throughout this series and this volume is no exception. This book covers Johnson's ambivalent attempt at running for the Presidency in 1960, his years of frustration as Vice President (going from the second most powerful man in Washington to being mocked by Kennedy staffers as "Rufus Cornpone"), and then his remarkable success in the months following Kennedy's assassination. For those who have followed Johnson through over two thousand pages of Caro's biography up to this point, the last two hundred pages serve as testament to the fact that this truly was a great man, if also a greatly flawed one. I listened to this immediately after finishing Caro's "The Power Broker," and one can see how Caro has matured as a writer. Both books are richly detailed portraits, but now Caro's viewpoint is far more nuanced and balanced. Even his sketches of John and Robert Kennedy demonstrate that Caro's greatest strength is his ability to reveal a man's character in depth--the good and the bad--without giving into the temptation to reduce it to a simplistic summary judgment. Yes, this is a long book that requires patience and commitment from a reader or listener, but I consider it one of those books that has profoundly enriched my life. May Caro live to finish this masterpiece!
Caro delivers again. This volume focuses on period beginning in the months leading up to LBJ's selection as Vice President through the election of 1964. While the detours into the lives of John and Bobby Kennedy are sometimes long, they are very valuable in setting the context for how the personalities of the men shaped their interaction with Johnson. History burnished JFK's Camelot with the sweat LBJ put into passing Kennedy's programs after the assasination. Fascinating human drama in one of the most historically significant American decades in the 20th Century.
Yes. Bob Caro is the most thorough biographer I have read. Many mini bios within this extensive volume. I read this after The Power Broker. Cant get enough.
Sure. Very clearly read book.
I listened to all 4 parts. The last part did not seem like the end of the book but rather the end to a part. Does anyone else have a thought on this????
i like detective fiction , police procedurals, and biography
audio is very good. have not read print
the segments as to RFK personality.
he is the only reader who could do this book. the equal of his work on "Truman"
impossible, although good on a long drive to Mmmoth fromLA.
solid addition to his earlier books on LBJ
I knew virtually nothing about LBJ prior to listening to this series of books. I know A LOT more now! It's been an amazing listen and hands down the best written biography I have ever read/listened to.
As this series came to an end, I kept rewinding it back to the previous chapter, trying to hold on for dear life to this treasure of a story. The research conducted by Robert Caro, coupled with the easy manner in which it was delivered audibly by Mr. Grover, have made this journey through the Johnson biography a once in a lifetime experience. Please, Mr.Caro, I beg of you, hurry up and complete this series with the next volume. I feel empty inside now that this last volume is done. Nothing I listen to or read will compare to this masterpiece by the Masters of research and delivery, Caro and Grover.
Kimberly, your most ardent supporter
The picture of the difference between what the patriotic public thinks about how government is run and how it is portrayed here is huge, and dispassionately and convincingly (and matter of factly) detailed. You will not think about government the same again after hearing it unless you were already massively disillusioned and cynical.
The audible version is superb; and the account by Robert Caro extraordinary. A must listen. Highly recommended.
Hope to find the next volume.