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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3 | [Robert A. Caro]

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3

Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 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.
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Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 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, cajoling and threatening 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.

This is Volume 3. Have you listened to Master of the Senate, Volume 1 and Volume 2 yet?

©2002 Robert A. Caro, Inc.; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 2003

"Mesmerizing....A tale rife with drama and hypnotic in the telling." (Newsweek)
"A panoramic study....Combining the best techniques of investigative reporting with majestic storytelling ability, Caro has created a vivid, revelatory institutional history as well as a rich hologram of Johnson's character." (The New York Times)
"Caro must be America's greatest living Presidential biographer....No other contemporary biographer offers such a complex picture of the forces driving an American politician, or populates his work with such vividly drawn secondary characters." (BusinessWeek)

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    George White Plains, NY, USA 08-15-08
    George White Plains, NY, USA 08-15-08
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    An immaculate and delightful political book! There simply is not a more detailed account of political success than Caro's masterpiece. I will add that the audio quality and narrator's voice are both excellent. I humbly recommend to all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-17-13
    Kelly ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Man it's long, but when it was over, I felt like I was losing an old friend. Good thing Passage of Power was next in the queue. :)

    Caro is brilliant. He does an excellent job of weaving in specific themes without being overbearing or redundant. As soon as I get another six months to commit to a book, I plan to dig into his book on Bob Moses.


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    "One of the best series I've ever read"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is incredibly well-researched and well written. I am impressed by the author's commitment to understanding the fascinating and contradictory subject that is LBJ. I found myself missing the book when it was over, wishing there was more to go. I'm obviously going to continue with the other books in the Years of Lyndon Johnson series.


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    What made the experience of listening to Master of the Senate the most enjoyable?

    The learning from the story is priceless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate?

    To learn about the "real LBJ" and some specifics about his relationship with RK. The "real LBJ" is beyond belief (almost).


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last part of this book is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    You can not go wring with this book.

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    Joy 01-02-13
    Joy 01-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "LBJ: Crude, Corrupt, Calculating"
    What did you love best about Master of the Senate?

    I love trying to understand what makes a person do, think, and say things. You definitely get a broad picture of LBJ by reading this book: Exhibitionist. Crude. Womanizer. Do anything for a vote. Corrupt. Always seeking more power. Calculating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate?

    Some of the most memorable moments in this book include LBJ urinating in the parking lot even in front of women, LBJ feeling up some woman's leg with Ladybird in the front seat, LBJ handing out thousands of dollars from Texas for votes. LBJ rigging elections. But I believe the most significant issue dealt with in the book was his stance for 20 years to vote "racist" (against anti-lynching laws, against voting rights for blacks, no desegregation). This to me is so ironic, since LBJ passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act changing all that. How that came about is addressed in Caro's next book about LBJ. I am listening to that now!


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I kept listening to it while I did the dishes, washed clothes, rode in the car. It kept me going.


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    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 11-12-12
    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 11-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Historical Biography at It's Best!"

    The second volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography is more than worthy of the subject matter. Extremely well written, documented and narrated by Grover Gardner, it is an extraordinary portrait of a bigger than life American political giant; a formidable, unforgettable force of nature. I eagerly await the final volumes of the series.

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    Chris Nagel 01-09-11
    Chris Nagel 01-09-11 Member Since 2005
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    This whole series is well-balanced and researched. What more could be asked of a biographer. Oh yea, well written too!

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    Dataman 07-25-12
    Dataman 07-25-12

    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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    "Hey, hey LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?"

    Love him or hate him these masterful three volumes explain him. Wanting the "Great Society", for his sins he was given the Vietnam War.

    I look forward to the final volume of the life of this president.

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