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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert A. Caro.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780375713255
Pages/Publication Date 712/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38567
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(Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography) The fourth entry in Robert A. Caro's Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning series chronicling Lyndon B. Johnson follows him from 1958 to 1964, encompassing both the most frustrating and most triumphant periods of his career. Caro offers an unparalleled account of the battle between Johnson and John Kennedy for the 1960 presidential nomination, as well as the machinations behind Kennedy's decision to offer Johnson the vice presidency, Johnson's powerlessness and humiliation in that role, and the savage animosity between Johnson and Robert Kennedy. In Caro's description of the Kennedy assassination, which the New York Times called "the most riveting ever," we see the events of November 22, 1963, for the first time through Johnson's eyes.

"By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think, and read, American history.... There's not a wasted word, not a needless anecdote.... Caro comes closer than any other historian could to explaining the famously complex LBJ.... The series is a masterpiece, unlike any other work of American history published in the past. It's true that there will never be another Lyndon B. Johnson, but there will never be another Robert A. Caro, either."—NPR

"My book of the year, by a landslide majority, was The Passage of Power. The adjective 'Shakespearean' is overused and mostly undeserved but not in this case. LBJ emerges from this biography as a fully rounded tragic hero: cowardly and brave, petty and magnificent, vindictive and noble, a man of vaunting ambition and profound insecurities. Caro marries profound psychological insight with a brilliant eye for the drama of the times."—Guardian (London)

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