* The fourth volume of Robert Caro's monumental work on American President Lyndon Johnson spans the years 1958 to 1964, arguably the most crucial years in the life of Johnson and pivotal years for American history.
* This era saw some of the most frustrating moments of Johnson's career, but also some of his most triumphant. His battle with the Kennedy brothers over the 1960 Democratic nomination for president was a bitter one, and the ensuing years of Johnson's vice-presidency were marked with humiliation. But, thrust into power following the assassination of J. F. Kennedy, Johnson grasped the presidential role with unprecedented skill.
* Caro provides a fresh perspective on the extremely well-document event of the Kennedy assassination from the singular viewpoint of Lyndon Johnson, and penetrates deep into what it was like for Johnson to assume a position of such power at a time of national crisis.
* The Passage of Power documents Johnson's extraordinary early presidency, forcing previously abandoned bills on the budget and civil rights through an uncooperative Congress and striving to achieve what he saw to be the highest standard of office.
* This is a biography of a man and of his times. Caro shows a delicacy of touch and a profoundness of insight into the state of a nation under the hand of a political master. Collectively these volumes constitute a major history of America in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century.
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Monumental… For many politicians it is the finest book on politics… Magnificent…the tension between the fraud and ruthlessness that repulsed political liberals and the reaction of voters to whom he delivered, make Caro’s book the ultimate political story - The Times
This extraordinary work will remain essential reading for decades to come - Financial Times
A true story of huge personalities, bloody assassinations, loves, hatreds and betrayals (and the Kennedy family) that renders it by turns gripping, sensational and immensely depressing… A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride… Magisterial - Telegraph
A work of pure genius - Huffington Post UK
Caro’s strength as a biographer is his ability to probe Johnson’s mind and motivations… Riveting… A rollercoaster tale - The Economist
Brilliant... Important... Remarkable... With this fascinating and meticulous account of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro has once again done America a great service - New York Times Book Review
An addictive read, written in glorious prose that suggests the world’s most diligent beat reporter channeling William Faulkner. Passage is an essential document of a turning point in American history. It’s also an incisive portrait of one great, terrible fascinating man suddenly given the chance to reinvent the country in his image - Entertainment Weekly
As riveting as a thriller… The next book will crown an achievement in presidential biography unmatched among presidential histories - Houston Chronicle
Long live Robert Caro… Truly epic political history and character study… Riveting…it elevates Caro’s tale to Shakespearean drama, as the coldhearted, Machiavellian maneuvering and hot-blooded rivalries of supremely ambitious men play out the fate of the free world at stake - Philadelphia Inquirer
A tremendous story, bursting with colour and character…the sheer wealth of political details keeps you turning the pages…gargantuan but brilliant - Sunday Times
It is not often that I have muttered, “Astonishing”, to myself as I close a book. But I see what people were on about now. Caro is a brilliant narrator of recent history… It is a work of greatness, of such acute observation of politics that its insights are applicable far beyond the time and place of the United States, 1960-64 - Independent
Robert A. Caro graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was an investigative reporter for Newsday for six years. His first book, The Power Broker, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography. Both The Path to Power and Means of Ascent won the National Book Critics Circle Award as the Best Non-fiction Book of the Year. He has served as President of the Author’s Guild of America and as Vice President of PEN, and currently lives in New York City with his wife.