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Means of Ascent

Book 2, The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert A. Caro

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Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues -- one of the richest, most intensive and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. In Means of Ascent the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian, chronicler also of Robert Moses in The Power Broker, carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for forty years shrouded in rumor, which Johnson had to win or face certain political death, and which he did win -- by "the 87 votes that changed history." Caro makes us witness to 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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Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 04, 1991 – Caro's scathing biography portrays Johnson as ruthless in his pursuit of power. This second installment in a projected series of four covers his life from 1941 to 1948 and ends with his winning the Texas Democratic senatorial primary by a scant and suspicious 87 votes.

Customer Reviews

Great read.

I never thought I'd be interested in LBJ, or spend anytime reading his biographies. Means of Accent got me absolutely hooked on Robert Caro's writing, and storytelling. I ended up reading all four LBJ books in the Caro Series, in record time. I didn't want it to end.

Steve

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  • $15.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Mar 07, 1990
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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