Author(s): CARO ROBERT A
The story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill country. Reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy and ambition that set LBJ apart.
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. The LondonSunday Timeshas said that Caro is The greatest political biographer of our times. 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. From the Hardcover edition."