It's been -- as always -- a long wait between volumes of Robert Caro's masterful, majestic and compulsively readable biography of Lyndon Johnson.
News has finally come of the new volume, and even better news is that it won't be the last. The new book, Passage to Power, will only cover the years 1958-64, when LBJ took firm control of the presidency.
We have wondered in the past how Caro hoped to contain the 1960 election, the JFK administration and LBJ's White House stint in a single volume; it's excellent to see that won't be the case.
Caro tells the Associated Press he's ready to write the fifth volume, which seems reasonable seeing as how he expected it to be part of the fourth, but we're still betting on a long wait.
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His description of Passage to Power:
What do I want to show in this volume? I wanted to show how a master of politics can pick up the reins of power in a time of great crisis and what he can do with that power and the extraordinary results Lyndon Johnson did with it.
It will have been a decade since Master of the Senate was published when the new volume comes out.
For our money, and for what it's worth, the first volume -- 1982's Path to Power -- is the best, but it's not a big drop-off to the others.