Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3 by Robert A. Caro
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Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3
By Robert A. Caro

Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3

The Years of Lyndon Johnson Culture

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Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3 by Robert A. Caro

Book Awards

  • Winner of Pulitzer Prize Biography Category 2003.
  • Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2002.

Book Description

Book Three of Robert A. Caro s monumental work, " The Years of Lyndon Johnson" the most admired and riveting political biography of our era which began with the best-selling and prizewinning "The Path to Power and Means of Ascent." "Master of the Senate" carries Lyndon Johnson s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. At the heart of the book is its unprecedented revelation of how legislative power works in America, how the Senate works, and how Johnson, in his ascent to the presidency, mastered the Senate as no political leader before him had ever done. It was during these years that all Johnson s experience from his Texas Hill Country boyhood to his passionate representation in Congress of his hardscrabble constituents to his tireless construction of a political machine came to fruition. Caro introduces the story with a dramatic account of the Senate itself: how Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun had made it the center of governmental energy, the forum in which the great issues of the country were thrashed out. And how, by the time Johnson arrived, it had dwindled into a body that merely responded to executive initiatives, all but impervious to the forces of change. Caro anatomizes the genius for political strategy and tactics by which, in an institution that had made the seniority system all-powerful for a century and more, Johnson became Majority Leader after only a single term the youngest and greatest Senate Leader in our history; how he manipulated the Senate s hallowed rules and customs and the weaknesses and strengths of his colleagues to change the unchangeable Senate from a loose confederation of sovereign senators to a whirring legislative machine under his own iron-fisted control. Caro demonstrates how Johnson s political genius enabled him to reconcile the unreconcilable: to retain the support of the southerners who controlled the Senate while earning the trust or at least the cooperation of the liberals, led by Paul Douglas and Hubert Humphrey, without whom he could not achieve his goal of winning the presidency. He shows the dark side of Johnson s ambition: how he proved his loyalty to the great oil barons who had financed his rise to power by ruthlessly destroying the career of the New Dealer who was in charge of regulating them, Federal Power Commission Chairman Leland Olds. And we watch him achieve the impossible: convincing southerners that although he was firmly in their camp as the anointed successor to their leader, Richard Russell, it was essential that they allow him to make some progress toward civil rights. In a breathtaking tour de force, Caro details Johnson s amazing triumph in maneuvering to passage the first civil rights legislation since 1875. "Master of the Senate" is told with an abundance of rich detail that could only have come from Caro s peerless research years immersed in the worlds of Johnson and the United States Senate, examining thousands of documents and talking to hundreds of people, from pages and cloakroom clerks to senators and administrative aides. The result is both a galvanizing portrait of the man himself the titan of Capitol Hill, volcanic, mesmerizing and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of personal and legislative power. It is a work that displays all the acuteness of understanding and narrative brilliance that led the "New York Times" to call Caro s "The Path to Power" a monumental political saga . . . powerful and stirring. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780394528366
ISBN-10: 0394528360
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 171mm x 64mm)
Pages: 1167
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Robert A. Caro

Power Broker by Robert A. Caro Power Broker, Hardback (July 2015)

Tells the story of Robert Moses, the single most powerful man in New York for almost half a century and the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known.

Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro Passage of Power, Paperback (January 2014)

Provides a perspective on Kennedy's assassination from Johnson's viewpoint, and penetrates deep into what it was like for him to assume a position of such power at a time of national crisis.

Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro Master of the Senate, Paperback (December 1999)

Volume three of the biography of Lyndon Johnson reveals how legislative power works, how the US Senate works, how Lyndon Johnson on his way to the presidency mastered both and how he passed the first Civil Rights legislation since 1868.

Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro Means of Ascent, Paperback (November 1992)

Reveals some grotesqueries of American politics. For this is the time when Johnson created for himself an exaggerated record as a war hero, when he and his wife made themselves rich by juggling radio station licences and when Johnson won, by 87 dubious votes, his first seat in the US Senate.

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Author Biography - Robert A. Caro

For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. To create his first book, "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, " Caro spent seven years tracing and talking with hundreds of men and women who worked with, for, or against Robert Moses, including a score of his top aides. He examined mountains of files never opened to the public. Everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, "The Power Broker "was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century. It is, according to David Halberstam, Surely the greatest book ever written about a city. And "The New York Times Book Review" said: In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort. To research "The Years of Lyndon Johnson," Caro and his wife, Ina, moved from his native New York City to the Texas Hill Country and then to Washington, D.C., to live in the locales in which Johnson grew up and in which he built, while still young, his first political machine. He has spent years examining documents at the Johnson Library in Austin and interviewing men and women connected with Johnson s life, many of whom had never before been interviewed. The first volume of "The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Power," was cited by "The Washington Post" as proof that we live in a great age of biography . . . [a book] of radiant excellence . . . Caro s evocation of the Texas Hill Country, his elaboration of Johnson s unsleeping ambition, his understanding of how politics actually work, are let it be said flat out at the summit of American historical writing. Professor Henry F. Graff of Columbia University called the second volume, "Means of Ascent," brilliant. No brief review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born. And the London "Times" hailed volume three, "Master of the Senate," as a masterpiece . . . Robert Caro has written one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. Caro has a unique place among American political biographers, according to "The Boston Globe." He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured. And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: Caro has changed the art of political biography. Caro graduated from Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer."

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