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Master of the Senate Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    "Superb!"

    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.

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    Zachary 09-21-15
    Zachary 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A thrilling end to Johnson's career in the Senate."

    Loved it. Well narrated. Encapsulates who the man really was and thoroughly explains the institution and those whom inhabited it.

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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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    "Best Political Biography I've Ever Read!"
    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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    Mark Wagner 12-14-15
    Mark Wagner 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great audio. Shouldn't be three purchases."

    This book is amazing. And the reader does an excellent job. It's outrageous that Audible makes you pay for three separate downloads.

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    Jeffery 10-16-15
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    "Consider the abridged version"

    I always choose unabridged versions. With The Master of the Senate, that could be too much of a good thing. I haven't listened to the abridged version, but...

    The three volumes get into so much detail about Senate procedure and minor votes that a good abridgment would be preferable for all but the most detail-oriented listener.

    Still, this is only a minor quibble with Caro's masterpiece. The story in Volume 3 of how Johnson finessed the passage of the symbolically ground-breaking (but toothless) Civil Rights Act of 1957 is unparalleled. A great biographer walks us through the subtle strategies of a political genius.

    Note: The unabridged Master of the Senate has three volumes. The perspective listener can only tell this by carefully examining nearly illegible cover pictures. Audible should clarify this in the web site's text.

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    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 10-15-15
    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 10-15-15

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    "Extraordinary Detail"

    How Robert Caro can describe a person in such minute detail and still keep your interest and desire to know more is a mystery. He is an exceptional writer.

    Johnson was a man both flawed and great. He did what it took to gain great power and made a difference -- mostly for the good -- when he had the power.

    He made mistakes in Vietnam but this book is more about how he retarded civil rights as he built power and made sweeping changes to help all poor people and minorities when he had sufficient power to pull it off. Duplicitous? Yes! Desire to change the country for the better? Yes also.

    This book is long, but it does not drag. It kept me fully engaged and wanting more.

    Now to the other volumes, I must go.



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    Heartist 07-13-15
    Heartist 07-13-15

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    "Another Caro Masterpiece"

    Superb storyline... Better than fiction!!
    World class delivery by Gardner.
    Unbeatable history of the corridors of power in the U.S. Congress in 1950s.
    Warning: highly addictive... You may not be able to stop listening... And will crave more when finished!!

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    PT PA 07-11-15
    PT PA 07-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Flawless"

    This got into more details than I needed but that's what it takes to tell the whole story.

    The sound quality of the recording is spot on and the narration is excellent.

    I hadn't planned to read the next volume but now I think I might.

    Well Done.

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    Mario 01-17-15
    Mario 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    One by one is being read to me and I love them. I am on the last book and I feel sad that there is no more books by Robert Caro to read.

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    Ann 07-28-14
    Ann 07-28-14
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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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