Saturday, October 21, 2017

The ideal biographies of each US president

At B&N Reads Jeff Somers tagged the perfect biographies of every US president, including:
Lyndon Johnson: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert Caro

Lyndon Johnson was a masterful politician, a consummate wheeler-dealer, and a ruthless part boss who surprised everyone by pursuing ambitious policies once he found himself in office. He was also a flawed man who allowed the Vietnam War to completely consume his presidency before his work was done. Caro’s incredible book series about Johnson is huge—but as you read you come to realize it could probably be twice as long, so packed with achievement was Johnson’s career both pre- and post-presidency.
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Caro's Johnson biographies are among Steve Richards and Gaby Hinsliff's fifteen best political biographies and diaries. Master of the Senate (vol. 3) is among Jonathan Alter's six favorite books. The Passage of Power (vol. 4) is among five top books about the civil rights movement.

--Marshal Zeringue