Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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Pimlico, 1992 - Presidents - 544 pages
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In the second volume, the author reveals some of the more extreme grotesqueries of American politics. For this is the time when Johnson created for himself a much exaggerated record as a war hero, when he and his wife Lady Bird made themselves rich by juggling radio station licences. And it is the time when Johnson fought for - and won, by 87 dubious votes - his first seat in the US Senate, in an election whose c orruption was legendary even by Texas standards.

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So far, the introduction is great. - Goodreads
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Review: Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #2)

User Review  - Marty - Goodreads

Caro is such a fantastic writer, and I'm glad I finally am deep into this excellent series on LBJ. It has left me with such profound disappointment for the man. Nonetheless, I'm grateful for the chance to finally read this set. I can't wait to start volume three. Read full review

Review: Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #2)

User Review  - Katy - Goodreads

I read Vol. 1 of this series a year ago, and finally picked up Vol. 2 this fall. Although the author is decidedly biased against liking Lyndon Johnson as a person, the book still astonishes with its ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Robert Allan Caro was born October 30, 1935 in New York. He went to Princeton University, where he majored in English and became managing editor of The Daily Princetonian. Caro began his professional career as a reporter with the New Brunswick Daily Home News. He took a brief leave to work for the Middlesex County Democratic Party as a publicist. He went on to six years as an investigative reporter with the Long Island newspaper Newsday. Robert Caro then went on to write about influential people in New York. His work The Power Broker was a biography on New York urban planner Robert Moses, that highlighted the fight for a proposed bridge across Long Island Sound from Rye to Oyster Bay. He then went on to write about Lyndon Johnson's life in a 5 volume set. Caro's books portray Johnson as a complex character who he also saw as a visionary progressive. He enjoyed writing about politicians and their use of power. For his biographies, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography, the National Book Award, the Francis Parkman Prize which is awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that "best exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist" two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the H.L. Mencken Award, the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and a Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Art and Letters. In October 2007, Caro was named a "Holtzbrinck Distinguished Visitor" at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in this country and in 2012 his title Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson made the New York Times Best Seller List.

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