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The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
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May 22, 12

Read from May 07 to 22, 2012

I began this 30 years ago, when the first volume was first published. I've shoved every piece of writing aside ever since, the moment a new volume appeared. Many of the chapters (including, I believe, close to one entire volume) I've read twice, not wanting to trust the New Yorker excerpts as Caro's final word.

It is, without question, the greatest subject/author pairing of our time. Johnson remains our Shakespearean protagonist, the one great president of the second half of the last century and the man who destroyed all that he accomplished.

This is the volume of his triumph, and it is stunning. Everything that was right and is now wrong with this country is in it.

Why my youth was hope is in every way chronicled in this book; I suspect why I now despair will be foretold in the next.

This is what a masterpiece looks like.
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05/07/2012 page 82
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05/10/2012 page 175
24.0% "I'm approximating pages since I'm reading on the iPad. And I do not want to put it down."
05/22/2012 page 480
65.0% "Thrilling."
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