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.
I have an excruciatingly long commute. Listening to books is about all that has kept me from falling into the abyss. History and bios only
Very well written, factual and deeply engaging history. Made me long for the endless traffic jams and lost hours of my commute just so I could get back into the drama.
Say something about yourself!
I would recommend reading the first 3 volumes of LBJ's senate years and then The Passage of Power. This volume describes his transition from the most powerful man in the Senate to the powerless Vice President of JFK.
This is one of the better books about an American president. At times it tends to drag because the author goes into so much detail, but I had trouble putting it down, even though I was not a Johnson fan.
LBJ. Now I appreciate his trials and tribulations.
Johnson's actions after the assassination of Kennedy were amazingly crafted.
The same as the book title.