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The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
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Jul 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 20th-century-american-history, presidential-biographies
Read from July 07 to August 20, 2012

Outstanding summary of the six years that advanced Lyndon Johnson from a Senate power to White House forgotten man to a President who did more in the first few months of his presidency than almost any man in history. Caro's fourth volume in his epic biographical study on LBJ is one of the best history books of the year and provides so much insight into a man who still trails JFK in most presidential rankings.

Although there is so much to admire in this book, in particular the parts focusing on the hatred between RFK and LBJ (even if other books have covered this exclusively), the study of how LBJ immediately took charge following JFK's death and his magnificent handling of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and JFK's 1963 budget are the most memorable for me. The book might have a few flaws (some critics claim Caro's analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis is not entirely accurate and I don't like how the author constantly asks readers to refer to another book in his Years of LBJ series for more information on a subject he covers in this volume), but it really is masterful.

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