The three books which constitute this history of Johnson are truly outstanding. Caro has an unmatched ability to vividly capture his subject's character and portray the world in which they operate -- without pulling any punches. Best of all, by the time Caro is done, you understand not just how Johnson successfully climbed to the leadership of the Senate, but why. The series is not just great biography, but a highly entertaining look at the American political system. Unfortunately, Audible offers only an abridged version.
This is a WONDERFUL book for everyone interested in America. Fischer chronicles the campaign through New Jersey leading up to and following the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Not new ground, but Fischer does a wonderful job of telling several very interesting stories that bring the struggle to life: he chronicles Washington's devoloping leadership style; he debunks the myth of Hessian incompetence and drunkeness at Trenton; and he shows how the strategic aims and tactics of the two armies (and their partisans) evolve as they fight for control of New Jersey.
This is truly an awful book. The uni-dimensional characters populating this story are as engaging as canned spaghetti. The writing is equally dull. The only interesting mystery here is why this book sold so well.
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