The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of ascent

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Pimlico, 1992 - Legislators - 506 pages
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Review: Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #2)

User Review  - Matthew Leahy - Goodreads

Not as great as Path to Power, but it has its moments. Caro editorializes to demonize LBJ too much, when a portrayal of the facts would do as much on their own. That said, he still does what he does well, and sets up LBJ's rise to the Senate very well. Read full review

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

User Review  - Amol - Goodreads

This book is even better than the first volume of the Years of Lyndon Johnson. After reading this book I felt like I was alive during Johnson's 1948 campaign for Senator from Texas, and that I was there at every critical event. Read full review

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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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