Its masterful storytelling of the time in history it covers.
How LBJ responded to the challenge of suddenly assuming power and needing to build a legislative record in so little time.
Robert Caro has done a masterful job of researching and documenting LBJ's life and you hear it with the feeling that it all is absolutely true. This is the man, warts and all -- lots of warts. There is much to dislike about LBJ but he was remarkably capable and could accomplish almost any task, and did.
Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.
If you know anything about current books, you know that this book is brilliant and well worth your time. It's one of most important books of the year. The New York Times rave review was written by Bill Clinton.
But something must be said about Grover Gardner's mastery of the English language. It's missing. It's not that he's a bad reader. In fact he would be pretty good if it weren't for one thing... The man is constantly, annoyingly and distractingly mispronouncing words.
Mr. Gardner needs a producer or a director... someone who can tell him to take a moment and check the pronunciation of the words he's reading.
A quick search of Audible reveals Mr. Gardner's name on 285 titles. That's thousands of hours of recordings. Perhaps he's too busy recording books to check pronunciations. Perhaps Audible has kept him so busy that he hasn't slept in 12 years and can't concentrate. Perhaps he records books in his sleep.
My point is not to attack Mr. Gardner, but rather that a brilliant and important book... a publishing event if you will, like The Passage Of Power deserves a lot more care taken with its audio version. We would certainly not be pleased with this book if it were filled with mis-spellings and typographical errors. Grover Gardner's mispronunciations are the audible equivalent.
LBJ like all Presidents had an ego. He also had self discipline and endured quite a bit of mishandling by the JFK administration. Politics being what it is most of learn at some point to be careful how we treat people and who's toes we step on as one day those toes may be connected to someone we work for.
As much press as JFK has gotten through history it was LBJ in the end that really pushed the whole Civil Rights advances through Congress and changed history. One thing this story makes very clear is that RFK was a definite antagonists.
For people reading this who lived through these times there is a fine line where current events become history. Robert Caro's book makes the transition and is a testament to the times. Five Stars!