Caro strives for the epic. He will make a book, or chapter, or anecdote as long as it has to be to achieve his desired effect — elongating even a single sentence, if necessary, and then stitching it together with a passel of colons, semicolons and dashes, as if scooped by the handful from his handyman’s belt.
He is indeed aiming for the monumental, as this book takes in 6 tumultuous years of Johnson's ascension to President, but first having to endure the ignominy of the Vice-Presidency he found himself thrust into, and a lesser role than he imagined for himself in the Kennedy administration. He considered himself a "cut dog." Caro finds the humor and pathos of this difficult time in Johnson's rise to power, making for highly enjoyable reading. He provides an added layer of depth to what already is a well-researched subject, particularly in the machinations that led to Johnson's nomination for Vice-President.
We welcome all readers to this month's reading group of The Passage of Power.