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Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
I have loved reading Caro’s works more than any other biographies, starting with The Power Broker, which led me to this series. It is only because I believe this volume to be a notch below its LBJ predecessor volumes that I have withheld a fifth star. Exhaustively researched, the principle issues I had with “The Passage of Power” were twofold. First, and foremost, is the limited period covered. Of course the shabby treatment Johnson received from JFK’s crowd (most especially from Robert Kennedy) requires adequate explanation, as does the JFK’s assassination. The author surely concluded that including all this with Johnson’s presidential years would stretch a final volume to an impossible length. I get it. But it leaves us with overly lengthy descriptions of events and individual perspectives during the short period covered here (really 4 years). As others here have noted, too, the events around Dallas have been so thoroughly written about that it’s a challenge to add any new insights. This made the latest volume less interesting to me than its predecessors. And it made me worry about whether Caro will be able to persevere in a final volume. I’d feel robbed if time becomes Caro’s adversary in accomplishing this with his heretofore brilliance. My second issue with this latest volume is the number of lengthy sentences with interjected parenthetical statements or observations. It was difficult to read silently and impossible to read aloud to my wife. It’s a real problem, with many sentences running on so long that I’d forgotten the lead-in subject altogether. Still, it’s a very rewarding book to read and I’m anxiously awaiting the finale to this monumental work.
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