The Years of Lyndon Johnson
The Path to Power
By (author) Robert A. Caro
Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
Book DescriptionThis is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered. In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process. Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780394499734
(241mm x 171mm x 52mm)
Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1991
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.
Path To Power, Paperback (November 1992)» View all books by Robert A. Caro
Charts the boyhood of Johnson through the depression years to his debut as congressman and his defeat in his first race for the Senate. The first of a four-volume biography by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize.
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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." 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, includinga score of his top aides. He examined mountains of files never open to the public. Everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, The Power Broker was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest non-fiction 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 Reviewsaid: "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 he was still young, his first political machine. He has spent years examining documents at the Johnson Library in Austin and interviewing men and women connectedwith Johnson'slife, 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 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, Masters of the Senate, as "a masterpiece... Robert Caro has written on of the truly great political biographies of the modern age." "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.From the Trade Paperback edition."
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