©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)
An immaculate and delightful political book! There simply is not a more detailed account of political success than Caro's masterpiece. I will add that the audio quality and narrator's voice are both excellent. I humbly recommend to all.
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.
This book is incredibly well-researched and well written. I am impressed by the author's commitment to understanding the fascinating and contradictory subject that is LBJ. I found myself missing the book when it was over, wishing there was more to go. I'm obviously going to continue with the other books in the Years of Lyndon Johnson series.
The learning from the story is priceless.
To learn about the "real LBJ" and some specifics about his relationship with RK. The "real LBJ" is beyond belief (almost).
I have not.
The last part of this book is fantastic.
You can not go wring with this book.
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.
The second volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography is more than worthy of the subject matter. Extremely well written, documented and narrated by Grover Gardner, it is an extraordinary portrait of a bigger than life American political giant; a formidable, unforgettable force of nature. I eagerly await the final volumes of the series.
Love him or hate him these masterful three volumes explain him. Wanting the "Great Society", for his sins he was given the Vietnam War.
I look forward to the final volume of the life of this president.
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