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The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
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May 28, 2012

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

Robert Caro's compelling biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, during the events leading to and after JFK's assassination in Dallas, is an exhaustive, engaging, and informative work. It is nothing short of being—excuse the overused cliche here—"masterful!" Caro's crisp and thorough chronicle of LBJ during the critical months preceding and following JFK's death 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 rather 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. It is a book that also conveys LBJ's deft political talents, during the immediate months after Kennedy's assassination, in conveying to Americans (and U.S. allies and foes around the world) a much-needed degree of (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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