This is a brilliant picture, compelling in its historical detail, of the complexity of a deeply flawed hero at a pivotal moment in American history and, for those of us who remember, many of our own lives. I am frankly awed by the author's ability to be so close to his subject while maintaining the perspective of distance. The narration was perfectly attuned to this, a voice with the cadence of Cronkite to complement the memories of those troubled times.
This is an outstanding biography of a fascinating, complex, and important President. Caro is objective and avoids the "hero" worship that other biographers sometimes fall into.
Passage of Power is riviting and almost unbelievable covers in great detail about LBJ and how he got great things done , Extra bonus is the detail about JFK, assassination , Robert and workings or non working of Congress. Could not put book down. Highly recommended
I really enjoy Audible and the great choice of books. I like true stories, good mysteries, and books about life events.
I read this book only because it was a selection for our book club, it is something I would never have chosen.
In my opinion the advantage of a book club is it get me to read books i would otherwise have missed.
Passage of Power is a book I am glad I did not miss, the story was very interesting, LBJ was an extremely interesting and knowledgable person. In addition, he did have a "dark side", which after reading this book I realized must exist to get anything accomplished.
The working of our government while certainly the best of anywhere are still flawed, I believe even tho the time period of this book was the mid 60's, the same mixed rules still apply today in the everyday function of our political system.
While the author spent much time on explanations and used many words, which some folks may find unnecessary, I felt they made me better understand what was happening.
Passage of Power is a book a really enjoyed and I found interesting as well as educational, I will be reading more books of this type in the future.
In closing, the book is very long (32 hours) I do not think you will get bored and you will certainly feel your dollars were well spent.
I read this after reading "Master of the Senate" because I was hooked on Caro's analysis of power--it's acquisition, it's manipulation, and what happens when a leader no longer has power. "Master of the Senate" was about how LBJ transformed what used to be considered a nothing job--Senate majority leader--into a bastion of power. It's a wonderful description of how--and why--he then used all of his talents at manipulating his power to pass the 1957 Civil Rights Act. In "The Passage of Power," LBJ has become JFK's vice president--a position with no power under which he chafes, until he is suddenly elevated to power by the assassination. And it gives fascinating insights into the LBJ-RFK feud. I can't wait for Caro's next volume in the series on the Vietnam War. I only wish the first two volumes of the series were available in an Audible format.
And speaking of Audible, I can't imagine a better narrator that Grover Gardner. He narrated both "Master of the Senate" and "The Passage of Power" superbly. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to other books he's narrated. And I hope that if they do decide to record the first two books of Caro's LBJ series, that they pick Gardner to read them.
Everything you wanted to know about the life of LBJ from the late 1950s through early 1964. Some very fascinating stuff, but in some parts it completely dragged on and on. Parts very totally repetitive. Recommended, but I might go with an abridged version, if its well done.
I am going to listen to The Passage of Power because the story is so rich with detail it is overwhelming and it takes atleast two session to fully grasp the author's point of veiw.
Lyndon B. Johnson because he had a "bigger than life" personality and he had a life that was s real life Greek tragedy.
The author's telling the Kennedy assassination from the LBJ perspective.
The Kennedy assassination. All these years late it still evokes strong feelings from me especially because of the details that Mr. Caro incorporates in his telling of the national tragedy. Its was like reliving the national nightmare all over again.
Robert Caro gives a brilliantly detailed description of the time between the death of JFK and the 1964 election. He speaks to all the questions that the reader would have - how did Bobby Kennedy deal with LBJ becoming President? how did Johnson deal with the fact that suspicion was directed towards himself?
I have not yet read any of the other books by Robert Caro about Lyndon Johnson's years in the Senate, but this did not detract from the power of this book. Feel free to enjoy this book before the others - it stands on its own.
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 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.