RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewJohnson\'s magic is the main subject of this book ... It makes a wonderful, a glorious tale. The book reads like a Trollope novel, but not even Trollope explored the ambitions and the gullibilities of men as deliciously as Robert Caro does. I laughed often as I read. And even though I knew what the outcome of a particular episode would be, I followed Caro\'s account of it with excitement. I went back over chapters to make sure I had not missed a word ... It is 12 years since Means of Ascent, and Caro has used that time not only for gathering facts with incredible industry but, evidently, for reflection. The result is a more rounded Lyndon Johnson. We get him warts and all -- plenty of warts -but also with admiring recognition of his accomplishments ... Johnson made the impossible happen. Caro\'s description of how he did it is masterly ... The tragedy of Lyndon Johnson came when he found that he could not run the world. The Vietnamese would not yield to his persuasion or his power ... That story is for a future volume of Robert Caro\'s biography. It will be hard to equal this amazing book.