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.
Although the cast of characters is large, the care for detail taken by Caro paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of their behavior and their motivations. One senses that Caro carefully weighed each bit of historical information to see what political prism was used in its writing and thereby divines a balanced truth about the events. Since much has been written about those times, and since we are talking about politics, it would have been very easy for Caro to buy into the writings of respected historians and the spin with which they were written. Instead, he takes pains to document a true picture in a way that makes him stand a cut above other historians. It is a big book and is indeed filled with detail but it he still manages to make it exciting.
Yes, it's a fascinating read. I was reading it for a bookclub & really didn't think I was going to be that interested in it. But, it's really made history come alive... and a reminder of how very human politicians are.... and what happens when personalities become more important than principles.
This is an excellent addition to Robert Caro’s magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson. The combination of drama, character study and political detail makes this totally engrossing. I can’t wait for the next volume.
While Caro’s account of the assassination has received considerable attention, I found that his description of Johnson’s consolidation of power afterwards to be equally, if not more, compelling. The account of his working Congress to pass the landmark civil rights bill and other social bills of the War on Poverty keeps the reader (listener) on the edge of his seat. The specter of Vietnam haunts the text.
Mustering Congressional support to pass the civil rights bill.
Grover Gardner gets this one just right.
This book covers the end of Johnson's career as Senate Majority leader, his failed run for the presidency, Johnson's vice-presidency & his transition post-assassination to the presidency.
Johnson was a very complicated man - corrupt, pragmatic, a bully, a brilliant strategist, and ultimately the individual responsible for some of the greatest civil rights & social service legislation this country has ever seen.
The author takes you through an incredibly turbulent period in LBJ's career and makes you care so much about this man who is easy to loathe at times.
Grover Gardiner is excellent as a reader - great performance.
I enjoyed all 30+ hours of this magnificent book - it was compelling material and the narrator's style was engaging. Highest recommendation.
As in the rest of the series, Caro pulls out a lot of detail. That detail, combined with the drama of the period...the suspense of the impending Kennedy assassination while an investigation of Johnson's finances gains momentum and Johnson is exiled from the Kennedy administration, the great ironies in Johnson's accomplishments early in his presidency and the methods he used to get them, and the drama of the bitter LBJ/RFK relationship all make this the best of the Caro series and one of the best history books I have ever read.
The Passage to Power is a fascinating review of a period of history that most Americans, of a certain age, remember vividly. It is a history of Johnson and the Kennedys at their best and at their worst.
There have been MANY book written about this period and MANY books written about the Kennedys and about Lyndon Johnson this book does it as well as any I have read.