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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro's LBJ bio

By Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY

Add a new line to Bill Clinton's resume: book critic.

In Sunday's New York Times Book Review, the former president wrote a rave for The Passage of Power, the fourth installment in Robert Caro's LBJ biography. (It debuts on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list this week at No. 15.)

Clinton writes, "With this fascinating and meticulous account of how and why (Johnson) did it, Robert Caro has once again done America a great service."

The Los Angeles Times reviewer called it Caro's best while Entertainment Weekly graded it an A-. But Erik Nelson in Salon called the book "bloated," writing that it "cries out for the Ghost of William Shawn and a red pencil. How can a book take 10 years of obsessive work and still seem sloppy?"

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