The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of ascent

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Pimlico, 1992 - Legislators - 544 pages
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With this, the 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 rumor, 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)

User Review  - Ali - Goodreads

My review of this book is similar to the one for the previous volume (too much bogging down in the minutiae of election fraud), but because it's only about half the length of The Path to Power, the ... Read full review

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

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About the author (1992)

Robert A. Caro graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was for six years an investigative reporter for Newsday. His first book, The Power Broker, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Frances Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. Both The Path to Power and Means of Ascent won the National Book Critics Circle Award as the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year; Master of the Senate is the critically-acclaimed third volume of the biography. Caro has also won 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. Caro, who lives in New York City with his wife, has served as President of the Author's Guild of Americans and as Vice President of PEN.

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