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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393009726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393009729
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Tonucci on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I learned about this book while reading Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and it is a great read for anyone interested in how U.S. politics really works. Mr. Baker tells a rattling good tale that spans the highs and lows, and he writes with sentiment but without for a second being sentimental. Jack Anderson called this the best political book of 1978, but I contend it's the best book about politics that came out of the 1970s. Thanks Mr. Baker, you da man!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark T on November 22, 2012
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The book should be on any shelf containing the other LBJ bios by the "name brand' historians (mainly Caro but also Robert Dallek). But the most critical facts of the matter aren't in the book because Baker was too close to Johnson to tell the whole truth. As Caro explained on the Charlie Rose show earlier this year, the very day of JFK's assassination in Dallas, documents relating LBJ's role the the Baker corruption scandals were circulating in D.C. I don't know if they had shredders in the those days but once Johnson seized power everything disappeared. But for that bullet in JFK's head, Johnson was headed for political oblivion at least and quite likely, prison and total disgrace. Only the sheer throw-weight of the Democrat Party operatives who dominate the media has prevented a true rendition of Johnson's career from penetrating the mass consciousness, seeing as how their idols built their careers on stolen elections (Johnson's Senate seat 1948, JFK in the 1960 W.Va. primary in 1960 and then the general in the same year) and the VietNam fiasco was their responsibility.
The book accurately describes the social atmosphere of D.C. in the pre-Watergate era, a weird amalgam of the neo-populism of the FDR years mixed with insane greed driven by the new prosperity (economists were writing books about "fiscal drag" where tax revenues were seen as too high!). The inconsistencies of such a culture had to erupt one way or another and the violence of the 1960s followed. Baker doesn't see things in this "big picture" view at all though, this in a not very introspective but first-person account of the personalities acting in their own element. The Dallek book ("Flawed Giant") is the one to consult for a more realistic assessment of Johnson himself.
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Hang onto your hats. Bobby Baker tells how it really is in our U.S. Senate. His honesty in reporting is eye-opening!
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