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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1 | [Robert A. Caro]

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

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

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2003

National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2002

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 1. Don't forget to listen to Master of the Senate, Volume 2 and Volume 3.

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    "Master Narrative and Narration"

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    The first volume of Caro's 3 volume set on LBJ was one of the best biographies I have read. Volume 2, ostensibly covering LBJ's tenure in the Senate from 1948-60, doesn't come close. The first 15% or so of the book is a very good history of the U.S. Senate. The majority of the remainder covers the battle to get civil rights legislation passed in the 50's despite the insurmountable barrier of the filibuster relentlessly pursued by the Southern states' democrats, the LBJ tie in largely built around his rapid ascendancy to positions of authority in the Senate and his ambition to become President driving him to eventually force the compromise legislation of 1957. Perhaps the Texas Hill Country and FDR contexts of vol. 1 were simply more interesting than the curmudgeonly old fools of the Senate and the sad but familiar stories of racial discrimination that proliferated virtually unchecked into the latter half of the 20th Century. I have my doubts about the third volume now, and might recommend instead reading vol. 1 then the first 150 pages or so of vol. 2, then switching to the D.K. Goodwin book.

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    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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

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