I would recommend the entire series to anyone. The three books are amazing and this one offers a satisfying ending. Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator. I think in this book she outshined Kevin Free. The narration of both kept the pace up.
I purchased this book because, truth be told, I didn't know anything about Johnson beyond that he succeeded Kennedy and escalated the War in Vietnam. This book describes his being chosen as Vice President, the election and the transition after the Kennedy assassination.
The book shows Johnson as he was - all his flaws are shown, as well as his gifts. President Johnson wasn't perfect, but he was the best man for the job. Since the sixties, his triumphs have been overlooked and his flaws have been highlighted.
If you want a well balanced and magnificent look at the 36th President, this book is where you will find it. I cannot wait for the next volume in Caro's series on Johnson.
I didn't know anything about the second assassinated President in our nation's brief history. Garfield hadn't wanted to be President. When he was shot on July 2, 1881; he was only four months into his term. He lived eleven long weeks during which he was subjected to unsound medical tests and procedures that, most likely, killed him.
I listed to this book on my long drive to and from work. The book fascinated me and I found myself yelling in disgust at the horrible procedures they put Garfield through. The narrator, Paul Micheal, has a voice that keeps you on the edge of your feet. Candice Millard's writing is top notch. Her research shows in the facts presented. You have a real feel as if this happened last week instead of more than 100 years ago.
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