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Robert Caro took seven years to write The Path to Power. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IVPaperback.

Robert Caro took seven years to write The Path to Power. His effort must be commended. Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon JohnsonPaperback.

The centerpiece of this fourth volume of Robert Caro's continuing LBJ saga is, as you'd expect, November 22, 1963.

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). The centerpiece of this fourth volume of Robert Caro's continuing LBJ saga is, as you'd expect, November 22, 1963. And while most of the tale is told as straight history, familiar to readers of the previous books in this series, maybe you'll be surprised to see that centerpiece presented as a bizarre fugue.

The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a biography of Lyndon B. Johnson by the American writer Robert Caro. Four volumes have been published, running to more than 3,000 pages in total, detailing Johnson's early life, education, and political career

The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a biography of Lyndon B. Four volumes have been published, running to more than 3,000 pages in total, detailing Johnson's early life, education, and political career. A fifth volume will deal with the bulk of Johnson's presidency. The series is published by Alfred A. Knopf. In the first volume, The Path to Power, Caro retraced Johnson's early life growing up in the Texas Hill Country and working in Washington, .

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It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin's bullet to reach its mark.

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The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career — 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark. For the first time, we see the Kennedy assassination through Lyndon Johnson’s eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a staff fiercely loyal to his slain predecessor; a Congress determined to retain its power over the executive branch; and a nation in shock and mourning. We see how within weeks — grasping the reins of the presidency with supreme mastery — he propels through Congress essential legislation that at the time of Kennedy’s death seemed hopelessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy program to create the revolutionary War on Poverty. Caro makes clear how the political genius with which Johnson had ruled the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency wholly his own. This was without doubt Johnson’s finest hour, before his aspirations and accomplishments were overshadowed and eroded by the trap of Vietnam. It is an epic story told with a depth of detail possible only through the peerless research that forms the foundation of Robert Caro’s work, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman’s verdict that “Caro has changed the art of political biography.”

Comments: (7)

Micelhorav
I've followed this series from my college days. I purchased this volume in hardback when it came out and just stayed too busy to sit down and read it, so I finally purchased it on Audible. I'll say that I really don't like the reader. I've done hundreds of audiobooks and the reader can make such a difference. Whoever this is, the voice is rather high and strident. It's a shame that Mr. Caro couldn't have read it himself.

The documentation in this volume is a testament to the almost superhuman self discipline of Johnson. For the period when he was the vice president to JFK, he was belittled, insulted, humiliated and, in toda's lingo, 'disrespected'. His treatment under the JFK administration illustrates the immaturity of John Kennedy, and even more, his brother, Bobby. The sadness is that LBJ could have accomplished so much on the legislative side for JFK and he was ready to do it. Perhaps after his behavior in the Senate, this was simply karma coming back around, I don't know. But to have to live through the treatment he received at the hands of the Kennedys (not to mention their condescension toward Lady Bird) and yet never, ever showing ugliness in return in either words or deeds, is truly remarkable. Equally amazing is how LBJ transformed himself literally in an hour or two after the assassination.

Mr. Caro is in his eighties; at the rate at which he releases these books I have real doubts he'll see LBJ through to the end. It's my hope that, if he doesn't, someone can take up; Ina's research and get LBJ through his presidency. However, even if that doesn't happen, the volumes he's written will continue to stand alone, unique in not only political biographies but all biographies.
Tinavio
The centerpiece of this fourth volume of Robert Caro's continuing LBJ saga is, as you'd expect, November 22, 1963. And while most of the tale is told as straight history, familiar to readers of the previous books in this series, maybe you'll be surprised to see that centerpiece presented as a bizarre fugue. As the motorcade snakes through Dallas, LBJ is slouched in his limo, alongside a Texas Senator who had to be cajoled into riding with him, while at the same moment, the Senate that LBJ had ruled with an iron hand for so many years was investigating a scandal involving his protégé Bobby Baker, while LIFE magazine was having conferences about running a major investigative report on that scandal.

It had all gone wrong. JFK and LBJ had arranged for the president to go to on a quick speaking tour in Texas precisely to try to resolve a feud between Sen. Yarborough, who didn't want to ride with him, and Governor Connally, who had once been an LBJ assistant. LBJ, fearful of being dumped from the 1964 ticket, was trying to show he could keep Texas (and his place on the ticket) for JFK despite the rising popularity of Barry Goldwater, the expected GOP nominee. And here he was, surrounded by scandal caused by his own creature, his political career hanging in the balance. And then in a moment shots rang out and everything changed.

And Mr. Caro presents this as a if it were a spy novel, cutting back and forth between the Baker thread--the LIFE meeting and the Senate hearing--and the events in Dallas. It begins slowly, suspensefully, but turns into frenzy and finally a dirge, as LBJ, his body covered by a secret service agent, is sped to a safe cubicle in the hospital where JFK would die, standing there, waiting for the news he knew would come, a carnation from the earlier celebrations still somehow pinned to his lapel. From the dustbin of history to the top of the greasy poll in less than an hour, the 36th President of the United States quickly took charge, and got the government (and the shattered survivors) back on course--back to the plane and the swearing-in ceremony presided over by Federal Judge Sara Hughes, a friend of LBJ's who the Kennedy administration had refused to appoint to the bench until legendary Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, already terminally ill, intervened.

It's history as Shakespeare--with LBJ's tragic flaws--his impatience, his desperate need to win and fear of losing that had kept him from declaring his candidacy in 1960 soon enough--kept in check. If not for long, as Mr. Caro concludes, "long enough."
HyderCraft
Extremely well researched and even more extremely unbiased. Mr Caro goes into great detail to outline Johnson's apotheosis from tyrant senate majority leader to the humiliation of his almost forced acceptance of vice presidential candidate and ultimately to the position which he coveted for his whole life. The presidency. What he didn't anticipate as no one could, his ascension to power would be under the most attenuated circumstances as any Vice President in history. The ways in which Johnson manipulated the Kennedy administration after JFK's assassination; not so much as to secure for the historical record his personal ascent to power, as to suggest his determination to send a clear global message that American democracy has the strength to withstand the most extraordinary and unpredictable occurrences.
Ballagar
While some people believe that the fourth volume The Passage of Power covers the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson, it actually covers roughly 1958-63 with the majority of time spent on the 1960 election and its aftermath, his time as Kennedy’s Vice President, and the transition following his assassination. I would argue that the most pointed part of this book is the viscous feud between LBJ and Bobby Kennedy.

Much to many readers relief, this book is about 400 pages shorter than Master of the Senate and does not lose any of Caro’s detail. Because this is part of a series, if one has read the first three books, they will experience some overlap. Caro probably does this to ensure that one does not necessarily have to read the first three volumes. Although I wasn’t particularly bothered by this, it was a little jarring, but this could be because I read the previous three one after another.

Eagerly awaiting Volume Five.
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson) download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: Grover Gardner,Robert A. Caro
ISBN: 1455890499
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2012)