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Dallas, November 22, 1963 (A Vintage Short) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00EMXBZMS
- Publisher : Vintage (October 1, 2013)
- Publication date : October 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2553 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 55 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #351,009 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If the amount of time and pages the author has devoted to Johnson didn’t already make it obvious, it is clear even from this small sample that he has a deep admiration for his subject. All aspects of his personality and actions are filtered through this bias. In the hands of a lesser writer this may have caused some distortion of history. But in this case, the facts are so meticulously detailed that the slightly indulgent perspective comes across as a compassionate fairness.
It is a wealth of information and comes within an eyelash of implying the Johnson was part of the plot to assassinate JFK. It is a detailed account of the extraordinary transformation that Johnson underwent in a very short time. From his frustration as a nonperson status in the Kennedy administration he changed his persona and even his speaking mannerisms in a flash to lead the grieving nation through the transition, with subtlety, strength and compassion. He took on the reins of power with tireless energy and succeeded in getting a whirlwind of legislation passed to cement the legacy of JFK that no one, especially John Kennedy, could have accomplished. Very informative and, as with all his books, compelling.
Others have gone into more detail than I and there is no need for me to repeat what they have written in review. But this treatment of that terrible day in Dallas in November 1963 makes one feel as though one were there, that one literally stood by LBJ as he reacted to the events in his native state and as he became president of the United States and began facing a tumultuous five-year presidency.
Judged against Americans in high power today, Lyndon Johnson looks like a giant. Robert Caro brings him to life and down to size, warts and all. Every citizen needs to know this history and this president. Read this book!