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The fourth installment in Robert Caro’s monumental work on President Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power follows Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career: 1958 to 1964. For the first time, we see the Kennedy assassination through 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. This is not only the story of how he surmounted unprecedented obstacles in order to fulfill the highest purpose of the presidency but is also a revelation of what can be accomplished when the chief executive has the vision and determination to move beyond the pragmatic and initiate programs designed to transform a nation.
Robert Caro has come to define literary mastery. Through meticulous and nearly microscopic reporting, he reveals how power intersects with personality to create the texture of American political life. His storytelling is lyrical and vivid. His voice is exquisitely intimate and at the same time as authoritative and imposing as his subjects. His portrait of Lyndon Johnson is the great American story.