The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

The Passage of Power

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Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 8, 1964.

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The word "hefty" fails to describe Robert Caro's The Passage of Power. The fourth installment in this monumental biography of Lyndon B. Johnson doesn't disappoint, entrancing readers with Caro's trademark combination of assiduous research and spellbinding prose. Even four volumes later, tackling the notoriously complex and controversial president is no easy task. Yet as critic Michael Schaub

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