The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power – Fifty Years Ago Tomorrow: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power – Fifty Years Ago Tomorrow: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963
The Harold and Ruth Newman Lecture in American History
Robert A. Caro
Thu, November 21st, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $28)

Note: This program is sold out



The most frustrating and triumphant years of Lyndon Johnson’s career were from 1958 to 1964, when he went from Senate Majority Leader to Vice President to having the Presidency thrust upon him in a moment of crisis. Through Johnson’s eyes, Robert A. Caro discusses Kennedy’s assassination, the dynamics of political power play, and the pragmatic potential of a President to transform the nation.

Praise for The Passage of Power, Volume IV of The Years of Lyndon Johnson

“Shakespearean… A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor.” –The New York Times

“As absorbing as a political thriller… By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history.” – NPR

“Brilliant… Important… Remarkable… With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.” – President Bill Clinton, The New York Times Book Review


For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography twice, the National Book Critics Circle Award three times, and virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.


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