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"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)
This book is amazing. And the reader does an excellent job. It's outrageous that Audible makes you pay for three separate downloads.
I always choose unabridged versions. With The Master of the Senate, that could be too much of a good thing. I haven't listened to the abridged version, but...
The three volumes get into so much detail about Senate procedure and minor votes that a good abridgment would be preferable for all but the most detail-oriented listener.
Still, this is only a minor quibble with Caro's masterpiece. The story in Volume 3 of how Johnson finessed the passage of the symbolically ground-breaking (but toothless) Civil Rights Act of 1957 is unparalleled. A great biographer walks us through the subtle strategies of a political genius.
Note: The unabridged Master of the Senate has three volumes. The perspective listener can only tell this by carefully examining nearly illegible cover pictures. Audible should clarify this in the web site's text.
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.
Not better, but it adds a certain dimension to hear it as well as being able to read it.
It isn't a story. It's a beautifully written biography.
I don't know. He does a very good job on this series.
How the most powerful man in the world was brought down by his own failings.
It's bad enough that Audible charges you three times for one book. But even worse, it's impossible to tell from the tiny icons, which are all identical, which volume and which part show up on your mobile. Couldn't Audible at least have made the three volumes different colors, and put a big number on the front to tell us what part of what volume we were looking at?
Loved it. Well narrated. Encapsulates who the man really was and thoroughly explains the institution and those whom inhabited it.
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.
Brilliant and captivating. A must read for anyone interested in politics, power and American history. Listening about LBJ'S strategy to pass the Civil rights act, and the reasoning behind it is fascinating and terribly insightful as to the mechanics and cynicism of politics.
How Robert Caro can describe a person in such minute detail and still keep your interest and desire to know more is a mystery. He is an exceptional writer.
Johnson was a man both flawed and great. He did what it took to gain great power and made a difference -- mostly for the good -- when he had the power.
He made mistakes in Vietnam but this book is more about how he retarded civil rights as he built power and made sweeping changes to help all poor people and minorities when he had sufficient power to pull it off. Duplicitous? Yes! Desire to change the country for the better? Yes also.
This book is long, but it does not drag. It kept me fully engaged and wanting more.
Now to the other volumes, I must go.
Superb storyline... Better than fiction!!
World class delivery by Gardner.
Unbeatable history of the corridors of power in the U.S. Congress in 1950s.
Warning: highly addictive... You may not be able to stop listening... And will crave more when finished!!
This got into more details than I needed but that's what it takes to tell the whole story.
The sound quality of the recording is spot on and the narration is excellent.
I hadn't planned to read the next volume but now I think I might.
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