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Another Pillar For This Monumental Work
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
I've followed this series from my college days. I purchased this volume in hardback when it came out and just stayed too busy to sit down and read it, so I finally purchased it on Audible. I'll say that I really don't like the reader. I've done hundreds of audiobooks and the reader can make such a difference. Whoever this is, the voice is rather high and strident. It's a shame that Mr. Caro couldn't have read it himself.
The documentation in this volume is a testament to the almost superhuman self discipline of Johnson. For the period when he was the vice president to JFK, he was belittled, insulted, humiliated and, in toda's lingo, 'disrespected'. His treatment under the JFK administration illustrates the immaturity of John Kennedy, and even more, his brother, Bobby. The sadness is that LBJ could have accomplished so much on the legislative side for JFK and he was ready to do it. Perhaps after his behavior in the Senate, this was simply karma coming back around, I don't know. But to have to live through the treatment he received at the hands of the Kennedys (not to mention their condescension toward Lady Bird) and yet never, ever showing ugliness in return in either words or deeds, is truly remarkable. Equally amazing is how LBJ transformed himself literally in an hour or two after the assassination.
Mr. Caro is in his eighties; at the rate at which he releases these books I have real doubts he'll see LBJ through to the end. It's my hope that, if he doesn't, someone can take up; Ina's research and get LBJ through his presidency. However, even if that doesn't happen, the volumes he's written will continue to stand alone, unique in not only political biographies but all biographies.