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Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
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Nov 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-history-post-ww2-to-reagan

The third installment of the years of Lyndon Johnson takes readers deeper into his character and reveals an interesting time in United States history. The first 100 pages of this book are an overview of the Senate's history and Caro tries to show how tradition bound the Senate is. Lyndon Johnson's battles and dominance over men are shown once again and this time he appears a little more likeable. Johnson is still cold and calculating and hard to like but he is looking more human. His stance on civil rights is purely political but you can see some compassion when he feels groups are mistreated. The battles of the South, west, and northern liberals in his own party are fascinating to read about. Caro has as always done his homework and his efforts to show you how even a simple water rights bill impact civil rights are well illustrated. It is over 1000 pages of readable material so this is not for the faint of heart. If you do undertake to read the book however you will not be disappointed. LBJ's hopes at the 1956 convention are dashed when the convention nominates Stevenson yet again and he is unable to secure the VP post. This book ends before the 1960 convention but does show his last year's in the Senate where LBJ returns to his old ways of dominating men. Overall this was an excellent book and very enjoyable.

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