Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2

Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2

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Lawrence_Von_Frederick More than 1 year ago
Caro continues his indepth study of Lyndon Johnson with this volume concentrating on the rise of Johnson to national power and eventually, in a later volume, the presidency. What makes the book so useful is the detail about the political process and how it changed with the rise of modern media. In Johnson's case the media was the radio and his remarkable use of it, and the raising the funds needed for the use of modern media, did change electoral politics. The change is well documented by comparing Johnson's opponent in the 1948 Senatorial race, a very honest politician indeed, whose campaign was a traditional political campaign of face-to-face interactions and local party insiders. More interesting is how American politics determines winners. To reach the presidency compromises of all types are necessary. Ironically, those most willing to make many of the compromises then govern in ways detrimental to public trust. Johnson, a most Shakespearean type personality, personifies how ambition breeds commitment to acquiring power and how ideals of social change, many of which he pushed in his presidency, are mixed with outright corruption and use of government for personal ends. The results are indeed mixed and sadly demean politics. All of this can only be understood through a thorough and carefully constructed biography. Caro has written just such a study. The study is recommended for anyone who wants to better understand politics, their evolution and to improve on his or her ability as a citizen to select the better choice.
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Wow! It's taken me a couple of days after finishing this to collect my thoughts and I keep coming back to this: Lyndon Baines Johnson was a narcissist, sociopath, and a consumate liar of a world class variety! I've no doubt that had he not become a politician, he would have become a criminal! (Some say it's the same thing and after reading Caro's recountimg of the 1948 election for the Texas Senate seat, they may be right.) I've necer had a lot of faith or trust in politicians, but this has virtually destroyed what little I had left! Like Caro's first book, the writing is sometimes awkward and cumbersome. Most of the time, he's giving a narration, but he'll occasionally break into a more conversational tone. He loves to insert hyphens, semicolons, commas, etc. to make asides which frequently forces you to read around the aside to get the main point. All that notwithstanding, if you have any interest in modern political history whatsoever, this book is well worth the investment in time and energy. I'll be reading the 3rd book as soon as I clear my head a little with something else.
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watkd25 More than 1 year ago
Robert Caro has done it again. This book covers seven years of Lyndon Johnson's life from 1941, from the defeat of his first senate run up to his second run for senate in 1948. I have to admit that some of the first part of this book was not as exciting, as the first book as a whole, and justifiably, the author mentions that this book is about the dark side of Lyndon Johnson's life. Beyond the first part, the second part of this book picks up with suspense and was quite a pleasure to read. Means of Ascent is the second out of, so far, four volumes soon to be five total volumes. Means of Ascent came out 8 years after his first book in 1982 and the amount of time dedicated to it is reflected in the quality of writing in this beautiful piece of literature. On a side note, I recommend reading the "Note on Sources" section toward the end of this book. Apparently from the authors writing on Coke Stevenson, skepticism was caused by critics about the credibility of Coke Stevenson from the authors perspective. The author wrote a response as to why he feels his research and writing on Coke Stevenson is justified. (If your book is new enough, hardcover or paperback, the afterword will be in the Note on Sources section). On to Volume 3!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Volume 1 of Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson was magnificent, this Volume 2 continues in its spirit if not scope (returned to in Volume 3). Caro clearly hates Johnson but gives him his due the '48 election campaign was in a sense a microcosm of Johnson's career and Caro tells the story brilliantly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
perfect for a vacation or long train or plane trip - vivid writing you will gorge on and never want to see end. no matter your feelings about L.B.J., this book is worth your time and money. i read it twice.