Definitely! The amount of detail and passion put into every detail of the period covered in this book makes you want more or at least a have a rerun.
Not a dull moment. The story is in itself fascinating but Caro brings it to life in a way that makes you a first row witness.
Gardner is very special. His reading is just perfect even when you make it faster (2x) which for a book like this is a good idea! I heard the other LBJ book also narrated by Gardner. Just outstanding performance!
It made me understand the complexities of power and politics through a different lense. My appreciation for the political players and the fragility of power is clearly explained. Not only you read about it, you can feel it!
Just amazing! Strongly recommend it.
Husband, Father, Teacher.
Robert A. Caro's Passage of power is another fine example of his instense research and dedication of making the definitive work on Lyndon Johnson. The only issues I ever have with this series is the fine detail and little stories of the first few books are repeated in the later ones. I doubt anyone is picking up this series mid story so I don't understand why the stories are completely retold as opposed to just reminding the readers. I have to say though if my only issue with the story is the fine attention to detail then it shows how good a series it is. Grover Gardner as always gives a fine performance reading such an impressive piece of work. Highly recommended for anyone who loves good stories about the presidents.
This continues one of the great series in American history. LBJ is one of the most interesting and complex characters in US history, and Robert Caro is one of the great writers of nonfiction. This combination cannot be beat. The earlier books are great, but this book stands on its own as well. There is a lot on the Kennedy brothers (Jack and Bobby) which I enjoyed as well. The book covers Johnson's years running for VP with Kennedy, his years a vice president, and the first few months of his presidency. This held my attention like an engaging novel. I learned a lot too. I cannot speak highly enough about Robert Caro and his LBJ series.
This is a fairly long book, and for the first time, I read the ebook version, and tried Whisper Sync to switch back and forth between audio and reading. The narrator was great, and the synching was all automatic! I did need to download the Audible app on my iPhone, and listen through that and not iTunes. When I switched devices, within 5 seconds, I was asked if I wanted to go forward to the spot the other device was at. This book was equally compelling reading or listening.
Caro's work is necessary for historical perspective of this critical period on America's history & he delivers.
The performance of the reader is exemplary & thoroughly enjoyable. His reading of the Mark Twain autobiography & this series makes Grover the top of his profession.
This very long book could have been written and understood in about half the time. The author's intent is to cover the period 1958-1963 and it did. It also gave background on Johnson's upbringing, which contributed to the book. Crystal clear, the conflict between the Kennedys and Johnson. It's also apparent that Johnson's political acumen was critical to the transition after JFK's assassination to both continuity and making the presidency his own. Also notable, his successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after a history of reelection from a segregated South. Finally, he was a ruthless politician. I've had enough LBJ, don't intend to read the other three books on his life and political career.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Though Robert Caro’s advancing years may make him seem like a ghost writer for Plutarch, he continues to turn out the best biographies being written in the 21st century. After reading “The Power Broker” (published in 1974 about Robert Moses and land planning in New York), one becomes witness to the power of Caro’s research and dramatic skill in reporting on post-20th-century American’ movers and shakers. His next project, after “The Power Broker” became Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.
A left-wing liberal says Obama compromises too much while a right-wing conservative says Obama does not compromise at all; neither is correct. Extreme positions are rarely correct. The life and times of Lyndon Johnson are not unlike the life and times of Barrack Obama. The concern is that President Obama, though extremely persuasive, does not have the congressional’ experience that gave Lyndon Johnson the wisdom, and a “stick”, that could make Congress act.
Robert Caro’s book, “The Passage of Power”, is a lesson in history that offers insight to governing America today.
Mountainbiker, Skier, Riverman, Dzedo
I will have to. There is only so much a reader can grasp on first reading. When you are in the hands of such a master, a replay is something to embrace. Hope there is a volume 5.
The only books to compare this to is Carl Sandburg's books on Lincoln. Caro is a national treasure and these four books are his gift to America.
Lying in bed at 2 AM with the lights out. GG's voice in the dark telling you the story of one of the most pivotal moments in American History, the assassination of an American President and LBJ's rise to the peak of political power. This is LBJ at his most admirable.
What's the presidency for?
I must say I really didn't know what to expect when delving into this monumental piece of work. However, after researching the reviews and having toured the Johnson Ranch plus living in Austin, it seemed somewhat essential to read.
Caro is the unrivaled master of weaving the minutia into a grand tapestry. He never fails to set the historical stage for each moment of Johnson's career, and that's never more important than it is in the year's covered in this book -- 1960 to 1964 -- the years he lost to John F. Kennedy in the Democratic primary, became his running mate in the 1960 general election, and then assumed power upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963. It's at that moment, the moment of the assassination, that this book truly hits its stride.
I recommend if you're randomly searching for a biography. I'm currently starting the first book in this series now.
Biography as every author ought to read. History as well as art. All of this series is essential if one wants to know what Johnson was.