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ISBN-10: 0307960463

ISBN-13: 9780307960467

Pulitizer Prize biographer Robert A. Caro follows Lyndon Johnson via either the main challenging and the main successful sessions of his occupation, describing Johnson's unstable courting with John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy throughout the struggle they waged for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president, via Johnson's unsatisfied vice presidency, his assumption to the presidency after Kennedy's assassination, his Read more...

summary: Pulitizer Prize biographer Robert A. Caro follows Lyndon Johnson via either the main not easy and the main positive sessions of his profession, describing Johnson's unstable courting with John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy in the course of the struggle they waged for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president, via Johnson's unsatisfied vice presidency, his assumption to the presidency after Kennedy's assassination, his victories over the finances and civil rights, and the eroding catch of Vietnam

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To watch Lyndon Johnson during the transition is to see political genius in action. He handled all the problems—the Kennedy men’s antipathy, the Kennedy brother’s hatred, the rumors over the assassination that, had they not been defused, might have escalated into international crisis—with the same sureness of touch. If the story of the five years is a story of failure, the story of the seven weeks is a story of what rose out of failure: triumph. So on one level, the bio-graphical level, the recounting of the life of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the two stories in this book are really one story: a narrative with a single, sweeping arc.

And Johnson argued—in a contention that would be vindicated by history—that although there was only one right remaining in the bill, that was the right that mattered: that it gave blacks the power to at least begin fighting for other rights. Furthermore, he pointed out, once a bill was passed, it could be amended to correct its deficiencies. “It’s just a beginning,” he said. ” Although passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act did not eliminate the distrust with which liberals viewed him—far from it; his previous record on civil rights was too long, and too southern, for that, the bill he had forced through too weak—his Washington allies felt that the sharpest edges of that distrust had been blunted.

During those transition weeks (and, in fact, during the following years, as Lyndon Johnson widened the War on Poverty by introducing legislation on a dozen fronts to transform not just low-income America but the nation as a whole into “the Great Society”) one can see the new President trying to bend it faster. That State of the Union speech—delivered forty-seven days, just short of seven weeks, after the assassination of John Kennedy—marked the moment when Lyndon Johnson, moving beyond a continuation of Kennedy’s policies, made the presidency fully his own, so it is therefore the event that signifies the end of the transition, the moment when the passage of power from Kennedy to Johnson is completed.

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