Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3
The Years of Lyndon Johnson Culture
By (author) Robert A. Caro
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Master of the Senate: Lbj Vol.3 by Robert A. Caro
Book DescriptionBook 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 DetailsISBN: 9780394528366
(254mm x 171mm x 64mm)
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, 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, 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, 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, Paperback (November 1992)» View all books by Robert A. Caro
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, has three times won the National Book Critics Circle Award, 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 President Barack Obama awarded Caro the National Humanities Medal, stating at the time: I think about Robert Caro and readingThe Power Brokerback when I was twenty-two years old and just being mesmerized, and I m sure it helped to shape how I think about politics. In 2016 he received the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. The LondonSunday Timeshas said that Caro is The greatest political biographer of the modern era. Caro s first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, 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. AndThe New York Times Book Reviewsaid: In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort. The first volume ofThe Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Power, was cited byThe Washington Postas 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 review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born. The LondonTimeshailed volume three, Master of the Senate, as a masterpiece . . . Robert Caro has written one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age. The Passage of Power, volume four, has been called Shakespearean . . . A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor (The New York Times) and as absorbing as a political thriller . . . By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history (NPR). On the cover ofThe New York Times Book Review, President Bill Clinton praised it as Brilliant . . . Important . . . Remarkable. With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service. Caro has a unique place among American political biographers, The Boston Globesaid . . . 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. Born and raised in New York City, Caro graduated from Princeton University, was later a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and worked for six years as an investigative reporter forNewsday. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, the historian and writer."
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