The Path to Power
Book 1, The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro
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This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered. In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process.
Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It begins in the hill country...
The soil wasn't good for much of anything. The trees that did grow, yielded little but the ache of backbreaking labor. The day began and ended with the sun. And then there was electricity, which changed everything. This, then, is the beginning of the story of LBJ. Son of Texas politics and a character as immutable as the place and time that formed him. He was crass, charming, brilliant and deeply flawed. A master politician and a power broker, nearly unrivaled in the course of American history. Caro brings LBJ to us in full, nearly unbelievable color, much in the same way he did Robert Moses in his first book, and as a story teller, has no peer. Great, engaging read. Enjoy.
An amazing piece of biography and history
Reading this book, one is astounded at the author's depth of knowledge and the research that went into this. A must read about LBJ but also about Texas and New Deal era politics
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Nov 12, 1982
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 960 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Years of Lyndon Johnson