Friday, December 14, 2012
Best US History in 2012: Caro on Johnson
History New Network poll of historians on the best history book of 2012 has come up with Robert Caro's The Passage of Power, the latest installment in his multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. If you only read one of Caro's volumes, I'd say read Master of the Senate, a quite astonishing analysis of how legislative power is amassed and used. But this one, particularly the second half on the using of presidential power, is impressive itself.
Not such a great president, but a great subject for a biography
The New York Times covers the HNN results here.
Best Canadian history? Time to come with a list, I guess. Suggestions welcomed.