You have to give LBJ credit (and I'm not an American). He could be abrasive but it is obvious that he had the best interest of his country in mind at all times. It is hard to imagine him being graceful but he took on the role at one of the most awkward and divisive times in American History with a grace which is surprising, given his background and history and with as significant dignity (in pubic) that must have made American's proud.
The story was well documented, which is frequently not the case, with biographies.
The subject of the book. Johnson was so full of conflict....good and bad. But he was still a good and decent man. Compare him to politicians today and you will find many of the same faults. But in the end....he got things done and that is what counts in a leader.
BIography...so it is all true. And Caro gets into every detail, conversation. He really makes you feel like you were there minute by minute.
No. Impossible....for me.
Caro's extraordinary research of details and intimate conversations provides an amazing view of how LBJ was able to implement and build on Kennedy's agenda. I listened as I walked and each step of journey was memorable. There are few historians that have captured a time and its politicians with the vibrancy and urgency of this writer.
His reading was smooth yet gripping and made this work of history as exciting as a novel
Caro presents the Johnson of history, the JOhnson who struggled with brash aggression coiupled with compliments for his colleagues and adversaries to be the most powerful person in the world. The reader can sense this dramatic stuggle through the text.
The book on Johnson by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
It is well done. Like JOhnson, he contorts his voice when speaking of other as if he were others.
I've not finished the book.
Well written and easily read while erudite in presentation.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It is a lesson in why Clinton would have been a better option than Obama and why JFK was probably all style and little substance.
How clever Johnson was in passing the the civil rights act of 1964
The assassination of JFK and how even then people knew that something was wrong with the lone gunman theory.
Grateful ex Fed and travelling Nurse Practitioner
This gave me a chance to revisit and understand an era which I experienced as a child. It helped me understand the workings (and nonworkings) of our current political climate. No one but Johnson could have twisted enough arms to push through Kennedy's stalled legislation and dreams, and he is truly masterful in his transition to power and his first weeks.
Gardners crisp narration is wonderful and makes me want to read more. Caro has given this shining moment its due...probably the height of Johnson's effectiveness as a president.
Yes. Was amazed by the Robert Kennedy and LBJ relationship. Learned to respect both. What an important chapter in our history.
Taking the Johnson and Kennedy youth through the elections was powerful. To learn how the southern senators held Civil Rights hostage. That the senator from VA accomplished keeping the VA electorate to 17% of the eligible voting population. Comparisons to the 2012 voter suppression actions of the Republicans. Whole read was fascinating.
Fine job. Couldn't wait to hear the next chapter.
Yes, I enjoyed reading this history like a novel.
Yes because it explains the nuts and bolts of LBJ's political savvy in an entertaining way.
LBJ's phone conversation with RFK immediately after the assassination.
On target, well inflected, scholarly without being dry.
If I could sit still that long, I suppose so....
If you love biography, this is as good as it gets.
I purchased this book because, truth be told, I didn't know anything about Johnson beyond that he succeeded Kennedy and escalated the War in Vietnam. This book describes his being chosen as Vice President, the election and the transition after the Kennedy assassination.
The book shows Johnson as he was - all his flaws are shown, as well as his gifts. President Johnson wasn't perfect, but he was the best man for the job. Since the sixties, his triumphs have been overlooked and his flaws have been highlighted.
If you want a well balanced and magnificent look at the 36th President, this book is where you will find it. I cannot wait for the next volume in Caro's series on Johnson.
This is the best audio book experience I've had in a long time! The stories, the history, the performance - it was all fabulous! I hated for this book to end. A really fun thing was being able to go to youtube and pull up original footage of so many of the events related - it made it so much more poignant. This book was recommended by a friend and I didn't think I would enjoy it but I stand happily corrected. I will definitely do all of Robert Caro's books now.