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Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2013
One has to wonder if publishers demand minimum page counts. The third book in Robert Caro's series on Lyndon Johnson contains numerous surprising and wonderful nuggets of history--especially November 1963 through Kennedy's assassination. Having witnessed the tragedy via television and news broadcasts and following the Warren Commission and subsequent investigations I didn't expect to learn more from this book. But he sets everything up beautifully by introducing associated issues that sustain a level of suspense despite knowing the outcome. This is why I give it five stars. However, Caro tends to take a point and bury it with facts and redundancies causing one to sometimes cry out: "I got it, move on." But you risk skipping a neat factoid if you do. Next to the assassination his description of Congress holding up legislation to stop a civil rights bill from coming up for a vote and how Johnson maneuvered to get it passed within a few months after becoming President sounds eerily like what is going on in Congress today with the deficit. The book ends before the 1964 election with Vietnam just an infrequent agenda item on the President's calendar. One more volume to come, and it should be a good one.
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