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The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
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Apr 18, 15

Read from May 13 to June 07, 2012 — I own a copy

An exhaustive, engaging, and informative work. It is nothing short of being — excuse the overused cliche here — "masterful!" Robert Caro's crisp and thorough biography of President Lyndon Baines Johnson during the critical months following JFK's assassination on the tragic day in Dallas is a sort of work that provides a most-helpful degree of "full spectrum" context and history of that time that informs, yet manages never to overwhelm, the reader.

Simply put, The Passage of Power, reads more like a captivating novel rater than a dense biography: it is well paced that leaves readers wanting more as it whets their appetite for the seminal events, grand triumphs, and personal intrigues (specifically the rivalry between LBJ and RFK) of Johnson's ascension to the Oval Office and his deft political maneuvering to convey to Americans (and U.S. allies and foes around the world) a degree of much-needed, comforting continuity and stability in the aftermath of a national tragedy punctuated by shock and despair surrounded by a foreboding sense of the unknown.

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