In Australia today, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–73) seems a fleeting figure on history’s stage: a brief interlude between Kennedy’s Camelot and Nixon’s Watergate – ‘All the way with LBJ!’ – the retreat from quagmire Vietnam – and that’s about it. So how does one justify buying and reading Robert A. Caro’s seven hundred-page book (dubbed ‘bloated’ by one critic), the fourth in a five-volume biography?
From ‘Colonel Cornpone’ to JFK’s successor
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power
by Robert A. Caro
Bodley Head (Random House), $79.95 hb, 731 pp, 9781847922175
PeterHeerey AM QC was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1990 to 2009. He has published...
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