The Passage of Power

The Passage of Power : The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE, THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK PRIZE " "ONE OF THE "NEW YORK TIMES" TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR "The Economist * Time *Newsweek * Foreign Policy * Business Week * The Week * The Christian Science Monitor * Newsday " "The Passage of Power" follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and most triumphant period of his career--1958 to 1964. An unparalleled account of the battle between Johnson and John Kennedy for the 1960 presidential nomination, of the machinations behind Kennedy's decision to offer Johnson the vice presidency, and of Johnson's powerlessness and humiliation in that role. With the superlative skills of a master storyteller, Caro exposes the savage animosity between Johnson and Robert Kennedy, portraying one of America's great political feuds. 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 Lyndon Johnson's eyes. And we watch as his political genius enables him to grasp the reins of the presidency with total command, and, within weeks, make it wholly his own, surmounting unprecedented obstacles in order to fulfill the highest purpose of the office. It is an epic story, displaying all the narrative energy and illuminating insight that led the "Times" of London to acclaim "The Years of Lyndon""Johnson "as "one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 1,179.33g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white halftones
  • 0375713255
  • 9780375713255
  • 27,923

About Robert A Caro

For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, has three times won the National Book Critics Circle Award, for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and for Best Biography, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist." In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. "The Passage of Power," volume four, has been called "Shakespearean ... A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor" ("The New York Times") and "as absorbing as a political thriller . . . By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history" (NPR). On the cover of "The New York Times Book Review," President Bill Clinton praised it as "Brilliant . . . Important . . .Remarkable. With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service." "Caro has a unique place among American political biographers," according to "The Boston Globe." "He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured." And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: "Caro has changed the art of political biography."show more

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"Brilliant. . . . Important. . . . Remarkable. . . . In sparkling detail, Caro shows Johnson's genius for getting to people--friends, foes and everyone in between--and how he used it to achieve his goals." --President Bill Clinton, "The New York Times Book Review " "Caro has a unique place among American political biographers. He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured." --Mark Feeney, "The Boston Globe " "Caro has changed the art of political biography." --Nicholas von Hoffman, "Vanity Fair " "One of the crowning masterworks of our time, the most emotionally gripping volume in Caro's life of LBJ. His narrative skill never falters, and the most suspenseful pages concern events we lived through and think, or thought, we know." --Gary Giddins, "The Wall Street Journal " "Caro uses his wondrous narrative gifts to tell . . . . .a breathtakingly dramatic story about a pivotal moment in United States history. [He tells] that story with consummate artistry and ardor . . . . . . enabling readers to see and feel history in the making.. . .Taken together the installments of Mr. Caro's monumental life of Johnson form a revealing prism by which to view the better part of a century of American life and politics." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " "By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think, and read American history. . . . Although the amount of research Caro has done for these books is staggering, it's his immense talent as a writer that has made his biography of Johnson one of America's most amazing literary achievements. . . . Caro's chronicle is as absorbing as a political thriller...there's not a wasted word, not a needless anecdote. . . . 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 Robshow more