Master of the Senate

The Years of Lyndon Johnson III

By Robert A. Caro
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780394720951, 1232pp.)

Publication Date: April 25, 2003

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The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 through 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson’s brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history and how he used his incomparable legislative genius--seducing both Northern liberals and Southern conservatives--to pass the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving rich detail into a gripping narrative, Caro gives us both a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of legislative power.




About the Author
Robert A. Caro is the author of The Path to Power, Master of the Senate and The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize (awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that represents the union of the historian and the artist ), the H.L. Mencken Award, the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Caro was graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was for six years an investigative reporter for Newsday. He was born in New York City, where he and his wife, Ina, now live.
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