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The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4: The Passage of Power

By Robert A. Caro

Publication 4 of Robert A. Caro’s huge The Years of Lyndon Johnson monitors all of the narrative strength and illuminating perception that led the Times of London to acclaim it as “one of the actually nice political biographies of the fashionable age.  A masterpiece.”

The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson via either the main problematical and the main positive sessions of his career—1958 to1964.  it's a time that may see him alternate the intense energy he had created for himself as Senate Majority chief for what grew to become the wretched powerlessness of a vp in an management that disdained and distrusted him. but it used to be, besides, the time during which the presidency, the aim he had regularly pursued, will be thrust upon him within the second it took an assassin’s bullet to arrive its mark.

By 1958, as Johnson started to maneuver for the presidency, he was once often called the most magnificent politicians of his time, the best Senate chief in our historical past. however the 1960 nomination may visit the younger senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy. Caro supplies us an extraordinary account of the machinations at the back of either the nomination and Kennedy’s choice to supply Johnson the vice presidency, revealing the level of Robert Kennedy’s efforts to strength Johnson off the price tag. With the consummate ability of a grasp storyteller, he exposes the savage animosity among Johnson and Kennedy’s more youthful brother, portraying certainly one of America’s nice political feuds. but Robert Kennedy’s overt contempt for Johnson used to be basically a part of the weight of humiliation and isolation he bore as vp. With a unique figuring out of Johnson’s center and brain, Caro describes what it was once like for this amazing flesh presser to discover himself altogether powerless in an international within which strength is the an important commodity.

            For the 1st time, in Caro’s breathtakingly bright narrative, we see the Kennedy assassination via Lyndon Johnson’s eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a employees fiercely unswerving to his slain predecessor; a Congress decided to maintain its strength over the administrative department; and a kingdom in surprise and mourning. We see how inside of weeks—grasping the reins of the presidency with ultimate mastery—he propels via Congress crucial laws that on the time of Kennedy’s loss of life appeared hopelessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy software to create the progressive warfare on Poverty. Caro makes transparent how the political genius with which Johnson had governed the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency absolutely his own.  This was once definitely Johnson’s best hour, sooner than his aspirations and accomplishments have been overshadowed and eroded through the catch of Vietnam.

            In its exploration of this pivotal interval in Johnson’s life—and within the lifetime of the nation—The Passage of energy is not just the tale of ways he surmounted extraordinary stumbling blocks so one can satisfy the top objective of the presidency yet is, besides, a revelation of either the pragmatic power within the presidency and what will be finished while the manager government has the imaginative and prescient and resolution to maneuver past the pragmatic and start up courses designed to remodel a nation.  it really is an epic tale informed with a intensity of element attainable simply throughout the peerless learn that types the root of Robert Caro’s paintings, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman’s verdict that “Caro has replaced the artwork of political biography.”

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244; Des Moines sign up, Oct. 31, 1963. “From the outset”: Thomas, Robert Kennedy, p. 256. “Elizabeth Taylor”: Thomas, Robert Kennedy, p. 255. “Lesbian prostitute”: Thomas, Robert Kennedy, p. 265. “somewhat nymphomaniacal”: Newsweek, Nov. eleven, 1963. “She could do anything”: existence, Nov. 22, 1963. Robert Kennedy requested: Thomas, Robert Kennedy, pp. 267, 268. the bobby baker bombshell: existence, Nov. eight, 1963. Tom Connally funeral: NYHT, Oct. 31, 1963; Oltorf interview. As a newly elected; by no means to antagonize: Caro, grasp, pp.

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Observed Bobby & Mrs. Lincoln stated he was hoping they didn’t (have to) movement quickly—But [evidently Bundy] did not inform & Pres. went into little workplace. … ultimately an amicable simple contract that place of work will be occupied after funeral—“Current,” field four, exact documents, Assassination, LBJL. “I have an appointment”: Manchester, demise of a President, p. 453. Manchester prices mystery carrier Agent John J. O’Leary, who Manchester says used to be status by way of Evelyn’s table, as announcing that there has been “anxiety on his [Johnson’s] half to get in.

In the course of his retirement, describing Kennedy as a senator, in words that he knew have been being recorded for posterity, Johnson used comparable adjectives—and extra to them 4 ultimate phrases that have been, within the lexicon of Lyndon Johnson, the main damning phrases of all: as a senator, Lyndon Johnson acknowledged, Jack Kennedy used to be “weak and pallid—a scrawny guy with a foul again, a vulnerable and indecisive flesh presser, a pleasant guy, a steady guy, yet now not a man’s guy. ” there have been, notwithstanding, features of the lifetime of Jack Kennedy of which Lyndon Johnson used to be unaware—and which, had he recognized approximately them, may have led him to a extra nuanced analyzing.

V. united states Respondent, Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. … Abe Fortas, Paul A. Porter, Charles A. Reich … legal professionals for the Petitioners. ” “Had now not asked”: while, in March 1960, Parr’s petition for financial disaster was once settled, and, Fortas stated to Johnson, he (Parr) “got a couple of million out of his financial disaster proceeding,” Fortas advised Jenkins, “in view of that i feel i'll render him a invoice for this example and the past one additionally. I had no longer requested for any cash, yet in view of the hot advancements, i feel i'm going to …” (“Telephone dialog among Abe Fortas and Walter Jenkins,” March 24, 1960, field 1, targeted dossier touching on Abe Fortas and Homer Thornberry, LBJL).

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