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on 2 December 2015
Yes, it is long. Yes, it is not a casual read. Yes, it helps to have read the previous volumes (as I have...nah, nah, na, NAA, na!) but Robert Caro has done it again. This is a brilliant snapshot of Washington politics and backstage manouering as we are likely to get this year. Or most other years. This volume covers Johnson leaving his post as Senate Majority Leader for the Vice-Presidency and his soon realising he has made a huge mistake. Tragically the crack of Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle in Dallas saves Johnson from the nothingness of the Veep's non-role in governmental affairs and ironically saves LBJ's career but OMG what a story!
And let it be said here and now this book has the best explanation of Bobby Kennedy and LBJ's longstanding feud you will ever but ever read. Caro also goes to great lengths to explain how Bobby Kennedy, a most prickly and unlikeable undergraduate while studying at the Univ of Virginia, became the warm-hearted Senate visionary Democrats still weep over today.
This is a great work, a terrific book. It will stand tall through the ages and be used in schools for years and years. Any American interested in how we got to where we are in the early 21st century should read this.
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on 30 October 2014
Not quite in the same range as volume 2 (the ultimate power struggle) but up to Caro's excellent, if somewhat gushing at times, standards. Races at a pace through the civil rights legislation of 63/64 -- could be treated in more depth I think -- but brilliant on the Kennedy-Johnson battles, the assassination and transition.
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on 26 April 2014
Part four the years of Lyndon Johnson is a page turner. Even though you know that he got his legislation through you are on the edge of your chair to learn how he managed it. All four books are a must read for anybody interested in American politics. I can not wait for the next book in the series.
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on 16 August 2015
Robert Caro's writing style can be overly dramatic at times but then, he's telling a very dramatic story. Another thoroughly engrossing volume in this excellent biography.
The (possibly) final volume should be fascinating, showing how, from such a magnificent start to his Presidency, Johnson should fall so low and all in just four years.
A recommended read if you've read volumes one to three.
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on 20 November 2015
Purchased as a gift. All arrived on time and as described. Good introduction to an interesting area of study.
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on 28 June 2014
this book lived fully up to expectations .I am looking forward to next volume.Hopefully R.Caro will complete same before he goes to face the great critic in the sky.
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on 5 April 2015
Completing one of the best Biographies' ever written. Still going through Master of the Universe volume 3
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on 12 July 2015
Very interesting read!
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on 1 April 2016
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