The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of ascent

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Pimlico, 1992 - Legislators - 544 pages
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‚e~Monumental...sets a standard by which future political biographies will be judged‚e(tm) Daily Telegraph

In this second volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro enters into the central narrative of his magisterial biography - one of the richest, most intensive and revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President.

Here we have Johnson's service in the Second World War and the foundation of his long-concealed fortunes- as well as the facts behind the myths he created about them. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for 40 years shrouded in rumour, which Johnson had either to win or face certain political death, and which he did win - by 'the 87 votes that changed history'.

Caro allows us to witness a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new - the politics of issue versus the politics of image, mass manipulation, money and electronic dazzle.

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

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This book was masterfully written if a bit repetitive. Highly researched. Illuminating of LBJ's character, the injustice of the 1948 senate race, and upset me at points in ways fiction does not. Read full review

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

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This book was masterfully written if a bit repetitive. Highly researched. Illuminating of LBJ's character, the injustice of the 1948 senate race, and upset me at points in ways fiction does not. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Robert A. Caro has been described as ‚e~the greatest political biographer of our times‚e(tm) (Sunday Times) and ‚e~a world authority on the nature of power and how to use it‚e(tm) (Guardian). Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was an investigative reporter for Newsday for six years.

His first book, The Power Broker, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Frances Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. His subsequent books comprise a multi-volume work, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, 'regarded by many as the greatest political biography of the modern era' (The Times). Over the course of four volumes, he has become one of the most lauded writers of his generation, winning three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award and a further Pulitzer Prize. He is currently at work on the fifth and final volume.

In addition, Robert Caro has also been awarded virtually every other major literary honour, including the Gold Medal in Biography from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in the United States. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer.

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