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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

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book 4 of Robert A. Caro’s huge The Years of Lyndon Johnson presentations all of the narrative power and illuminating insight that led the occasions of London to acclaim it as “probably the most truly great political biographies of the brand new age.  A grasppiece.”
 
The Passage of energy follows Lyndon Johnson via both essentially the most frustrating and essentially the most positive lengths of his career—1958 to1964.  this can be a time that might see him trade the unusual energy he had created for himself as Senate Majority chief for what turned into the wretched energymuch lessness of a vice president in an management that disdained and distrusted him. yet it used to be, as well, the time during which the presidency, the purpose he had all the time pursued, could be thrust upon him within the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to achieve its mark.
via 1958, as Johnson started to maneuver for the presidency, he used to be referred to as probably the most sensible baby-kissers of his time, the greatest Senate chief in our history. but the 1960 nomicountry might go to the younger senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy. Caro provides us an extraordinary account of the machicountrys energy both the nomicountry and Kennedy’s determination to supply Johnson the vice presidency, revealing the level of Robert Kennedy’s efforts to force Johnson off the price ticket. With the consummate ability of a grasp storyteller, he exposes the savage animosity between Johnson and Kennedy’s more youthful brother, portraying one among the united states’s great political feuds. yet Robert Kennedy’s overt contempt for Johnson used to be handiest part of the burden of humiliation and isolation he bore as vice president. With a novel figuring out of Johnson’s heart and thoughts, Caro describes what it used to be like for this amazing baby-kisser to seek out himself altogether energymuch less in a world during which energy is the a very powerful commodity.
            For the primary time, in Caro’s breathtakingly vivid narrative, we see the Kennedy assassicountry via Lyndon Johnson’s eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a body of workers fiercely unswerving to his slain predecessor; a Congress made up our minds to retain its energy over the manager department; and a country in surprise and mourning. We see how within weeks—grasping the reins of the presidency with perfect graspy—he propels via Congress essential regulation that at the time of Kennedy’s death seemed desiremuch lessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy application to create the revolutionary struggle on Poverty. Caro makes transparent how the political genius with which Johnson had ruled the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency totally his personal.  This used to be doubtless Johnson’s greatest hour, prior to his aspirations and accomplishments were overshadowed and eroded by the lure of Vietnam.
            In its exploration of this pivotal length in Johnson’s life—and within the lifetime of the country—The Passage of energy is not only the story of how he surmounted unprecedented obstacles with a view to fulfill the best possible purpose of the presidency but is, as well, a revelation of both the pragmatic possible within the presidency and what may also be entire while the chief government has the vision and backbone to move beyond the pragmatic and initiate methods designed to grow to be a country.  this can be an epic story advised with a depth of element conceivable handiest through the peermuch less analysis that paperwork the foundation of Robert Caro’s paintings, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman’s verdict that “Caro has modified the art of political biography.”

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Editorial evaluation

Amazon absolute best books of the Month, would possibly 2012: within the fourth quantity of Caro’s bold, decades-long biographic exploration, Lyndon Johnson after all reaches the White space. At six hundred-plus pages, it’s a brick of a e-book, but it surely reads every now and then like a novel, and a personal, and a Greek tragedy. Carocff0478#three9;s version of JFKcff0478#three9;s assassicountry is especially chilling, and the characters—not simply LBJ, but the Kennedys and the ability agents of Washington --are dpersonalright Shakespearean. --Neal Thompson

book details

author: Robert A. Caropublisher: KnopfBinding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 7three6

equivalent books

The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson)
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2)


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