The Path to Power : The Years of Lyndon Johnson

  • by Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • 40 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.
In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process. Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number-one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Compelling story of a complex man

I had resisted reading a biography of Lyndon Johnston partly because I instinctively disliked him, my knowledge of him having come mainly from books about JFK. When the two are
compared, Johnston always seemed the lesser man, a large, loud, burly Texan who resented JFK's presidency and schemed against him. Having read so many excellent and positive reviews of Robert A Caro, and being interested in the mid 20th century setting, I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did. I can't honestly say I now like Johnston, but the character who emerges from Caro's flowing narrative and Grover Gardner's impeccable and utterly listenable to narration is so complex, compelling and interesting that I cannot wait to start the next volume. Johnston may not have been likeable, but there is no doubt that he was clever, ambitious, manipulative and so phenomenally capable that he drove himself to heights no one could ever have imagined.
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Makes politics utterly compelling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely: it casts an extraordinary light on the whole period of the late 50s and early 60s, through its focus on Lyndon Johnson's troubled journey to the Presidency of the USA, and it does so in an utterly compelling way.


What other book might you compare The Path to Power to, and why?

It is Shakesperian in its focus on the hunger for power, and the emotions that go with the struggle to achieve it.


Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Never listened to this reader before, but I think he is superb for the demands of this very, very long book.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Desire for Power


Any additional comments?

I now look forward to reading the other volumes of Caro's biography of LBJ.

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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios