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
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Peter Heerey AM QC was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1990 to 2009. He has published papers in Australian and overseas professional and academic journals in the areas of corporations law, defamation, expert evidence, intellectual property, law and literature, and Federation history.
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