I love trying to understand what makes a person do, think, and say things. You definitely get a broad picture of LBJ by reading this book: Exhibitionist. Crude. Womanizer. Do anything for a vote. Corrupt. Always seeking more power. Calculating.
Some of the most memorable moments in this book include LBJ urinating in the parking lot even in front of women, LBJ feeling up some woman's leg with Ladybird in the front seat, LBJ handing out thousands of dollars from Texas for votes. LBJ rigging elections. But I believe the most significant issue dealt with in the book was his stance for 20 years to vote "racist" (against anti-lynching laws, against voting rights for blacks, no desegregation). This to me is so ironic, since LBJ passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act changing all that. How that came about is addressed in Caro's next book about LBJ. I am listening to that now!
I kept listening to it while I did the dishes, washed clothes, rode in the car. It kept me going.
I want the real Burke book unabridged on audible. George Smith totally discounts Burke's forethought and foresight on the mess that was to become the French Revolution. Burke's book itself is insightful, but Smith's take on it was not. I do not recommend this book.
I was thinking I was getting some actual Federalist Papers, not commentary on them, so I was disappointed right away. Then, I was even more disappointed with the worldview of the author--he was about as anti-federalist as he could possibly be. After reading Chernow's Alexander Hamilton this author's view of Hamilton seemed a warped cariature, rather than a balanced look at his writings or goals for America. I do not recommend this book at all. I wish audible would offer the actual unabridged Federalist Papers themselves, instead, so we could make our own judgment about their content.
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