facts but no feeling
This book was a disappointment. I came of age during the 1960?s and 1970?s, and LBJ and RFK were towering figures to me. I?ve spent much of the rest of my life trying to understand how the United States got into and out of Vietnam. It?s also important to try to understand how much America changed in that period, and the effects those changes still have on the country today. But this book is just too pallid. It contains no real explanation for how Johnson and Kennedy felt about each other, and why. There?s little discussion of their backgrounds, or characters. It just proceeds conscientiously from one event to the next, and events that should be dramatic aren?t. There are a lot of interesting facts in this book, but the reader seldom gets an idea what these men were thinking or feeling. Robert Caro in The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power does a far better job on this subject.