Master of the Senate
Book 3, The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro
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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.
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Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
The Best History Book Ever Written
Title says it all.
A page-turning, tear-jerker, roller coaster of a biography...
So if Caro seems predisposed to judge Johnson in a fashion that frequently seems more editorial than academic, he makes up for it by understanding that history is more than just the sum of it's facts: that it's all in the weaving together so they tell a story.
And this is one hell of a story...
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Apr 23, 2002
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 1232 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, The Years of Lyndon Johnson