©2002 Robert A. Caro, Inc.; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Mesmerizing....A tale rife with drama and hypnotic in the telling." (Newsweek)
"A panoramic study....Combining the best techniques of investigative reporting with majestic storytelling ability, Caro has created a vivid, revelatory institutional history as well as a rich hologram of Johnson's character." (The New York Times)
"Caro must be America's greatest living Presidential biographer....No other contemporary biographer offers such a complex picture of the forces driving an American politician, or populates his work with such vividly drawn secondary characters." (BusinessWeek)
Yes - Two reasons: 1) Most obviously, you can't listen to volume 3 without volume 2 and after volume 1, you can't help but to want more and more of this.
There were so many repeats that at least once every 20 minutes it happened. There were other very odd starts and stops and perhaps part of a chapter missing. All in all, I don't know that I think it is that big of a deal - however, Grover Gardner is such an incredible narrator and commands such incredible admiration for his narration, the constant repeats and breaks are all the more shocking. Seems as though Vol. II was rushed in order that Volume 3 could be released. I will note that in Vol I and III Gardner was and then returned to his near flawless command of the story. However, Vol. II is the worst recording (in terms of repeats and cut-offs) I've ever listened to of the nearly 50 audio books over the past two years.
This is a great book, with rich historical detail. I love how Caro sets the right context by offering numerous historical sketches in which to set the moments of Johnson's life. Gardner's reading is superb, warmly bringing the subject to life. However, this wonderful book and presentation are marred by the audio recording in which, on a regular basis (sometimes once a chapter), sentences are repeated. Overall, an excellent product!
Caro's insight, depth, and prose style -- combined with the narrator's performance -- make for a fascinating book.
Many audio books include an editing error or even two: typically a repeated sentence. This book, astonishingly, includes EIGHT OR NINE such repetitions. It should be reedited to reflect the quality of the author and narrator.
gives the most exhaustive treatment to both the career of Lyndon Johnson, the workings of the senate and the ascendancy of the united states in the striving for equality
Lyndon Jophnson because he hit his full stride as a politician, statesman and person
the details of the voting rights act amendments
no it needs
s to be savored over time
it is a shame that this book has to be sold in three seperate volumes by audible. it is an exhaustive and very long book, which is understandable but Audible should come up with packaging it more econimically
This history is worth reading / listening to for all who are fascinated by the personal effort and thought that goes into the best politics. Well written, well researched.
Robert Caro may be the finest historian of all time. He is methodical , meticulous and brutally honest. If you want to know what Lyndon ate for breakfast, his medical issues, how he dressed, what he thought of his secretary. Every detail is there. He does avoid sexual issues and only alludes to affairs, However he does describe his sexual organ.
Master of the senate covers the years from 1948 to 1960 in 3 separate books. From a rookie to the greatest senator of all time. The Leader. Every bill and amendment passed by the house and Senate were under his control. How he could bend powerful men, Senators, to his will. The culmination of the books is the passage of the 1957 Voting rights act. A monumental, although flawed achievement which took all his guile and machinations to pass and presaged the more important 1964 voting rights act, which he also sponsored.
These books document his slow transition from a conservative Southern senator from Texas who aligned himself with the Southern caucus to perhaps the greatest legislative champion of Civli rights in our history. Mr Johnson was a deeply troubled and flawed man, paralyzed at times by his fear of failure and his fathers failure. But also capable of the noblest sentiments and deeds and inspiring others to do noble and great things. Mr. Caro describes him as the greatest reader of men. In just a few minutes he could tell what another man thought, his fears, his weakness and his price and to use this knowledge to bend men to his will. there are detailed portraits of Lady Bird, Sam Rayburn and Richard Russell. The leather 2 were towering complex figures who mentored him and supported him. There are also portraits of Hubert Humphrey, Paul Douglas Bobby Baker, John Connally, Dwight Eisenhower and other major figures of the time.
A detailed description of Martin Luther King is also here. Finally, there is a foreshadowing of his relationship with Jack and Bobby Kennedy, which becomes the major emphasis of his next book. Mr. Caro, himself, is very liberal and he lets you know what he thinks. Mr. Caro is also a genius,inspiration and perspiration melded together. I loved this books and the author. Grover gardner is an excellent narrator.
Riverrunner, Powderhound, Pizzaiolo, Mountainbiker, Fisherman, Dzedo to James
Tour de force!
The history of the U.S. Senate that opens this volume.
I don't think I have listened to another GG narration. But GG was a great choice for this vast undertaking. He's there for the duration and never gets in the way. A real pro.
I think it would be the story of Leland Olds.
Husband, Father, Teacher.
Wow is this long! I have fully committed to finishing this serious on audio books and that I want to take advantage of all that I can get out of these books. Karo's storytelling is pretty amazing except for one thing. In some passages he completely retells a story from the previous book. Maybe it's me but I feel like if you are reading this series you can just mention the incident not just retell the whole story again.
That being said it is still a great book which truly shows the depth and intensity of the writing as well as the depth of research that went into this work. Grover Gardner truly shines in his telling of the book and his voice has the perfect pitch, pace, and style of reading that makes a work of this length go so smoothly.
Overall this book tells a great story of how the senate operated and how Lyndon Johnson was able to work within it. Truly brilliant.
Man it's long, but when it was over, I felt like I was losing an old friend. Good thing Passage of Power was next in the queue. :)
Caro is brilliant. He does an excellent job of weaving in specific themes without being overbearing or redundant. As soon as I get another six months to commit to a book, I plan to dig into his book on Bob Moses.
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