The Passage of Power

The Years of Lyndon Johnson

By Robert A. Caro; Grover Gardner (Performed by)
(Brilliance Corporation, MP3 CD, 9781455890491)

Publication Date: May 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career ? 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin's bullet to reach its mark. For the first time, we see the Kennedy assassination through Lyndon Johnson's eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a staff fiercely loyal to his slain predecessor; a Congress determined to retain its power over the executive branch; and a nation in shock and mourning. We see how within weeks ? grasping the reins of the presidency with supreme mastery ? he propels through Congress essential legislation that at the time of Kennedy's death seemed hopelessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy program to create the revolutionary War on Poverty. Caro makes clear how the political genius with which Johnson had ruled the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency wholly his own. This was without doubt Johnson's finest hour, before his aspirations and accomplishments were overshadowed and eroded by the trap of Vietnam. It is an epic story told with a depth of detail possible only through the peerless research that forms the foundation of Robert Caro's work, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman's verdict that ?Caro has changed the art of political biography.?



NPR
Monday, May 13, 2013

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to â?? suddenly â?? president of the United States. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

In the second part of his interview, Steve Inskeep talks to author Robert Caro about the process he goes through in writing his biographies of Lyndon Baines Johnson. The Passage of Power is the fourth volume of Caro's massive biography of Johnson. More at NPR.org

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