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Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording) Audiobook

Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording)

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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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    Jim McIntosh Montana 05-23-17
    Jim McIntosh Montana 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    What would have made Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording) better?

    Hearing it.


    Has Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read all and own print versions.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Who?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Never heard it. It never downloaded.


    Any additional comments?

    Get better,

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterful."

    Part 1 is a wonderful history of the US Senate. The depth and breadth of the reporting is excellent.

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    David Whip Bradenton, FL 03-11-17
    David Whip Bradenton, FL 03-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Why 3 parts"

    All the other volumes in this series have a single audible volume. I purchased using whispersync and only got 1/3 of the book. Returned for refund.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 02-27-17
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 02-27-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't let the 3 credit price stop you"

    Sure, I agree with others that 3 credits is high for any book. But this isn't just any book. You get over 50 hours of substantial, fascinating reading here. I know for a fact we have all spent 3 credits on three different books that won't equal the achievement of this one book. Plus I think of it as amortizing the "bargain" of getting volumes 1, 2, and 4 at only one credit each.

    As others have mentioned, you do get a lot of backstory about the history of the US Senate in this book. Yes, it could be pretty dull under a less masterful writer, but it really is quite interesting here. It is amazing how thoroughly dysfunctional the Senate was (especially in the hands of the Southern minority) in the 50+ years prior to 1948. It actually makes FDR's accomplishments in the first 100 days all the more remarkable.

    Even after Volumes 1 and 2 it is still remarkable to see the dichotomy that is Lyndon Johnson: the tenacity and hard-working ethic when he is engaged in a situation compared to the thorough disinterest if it doesn't suit is goals. He is a thoroughly political animal - and even though you know how the story ends, it is amazing and fascinating to see it play out. How can he - a junior freshman US Senator - tame the unruly beast that is the US Senate. Even though we know he does it (the name of the book!) it isn't at all clear how it can be done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Soraya Khalje 12-10-16
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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    Absolutely amazing!

    The in depth story telling makes you feel like you are there, in the senate, in Johnson's office, in Texas!

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    aethonan 07-07-16
    aethonan 07-07-16
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    "As good as those before it"

    Audible's 3-credits-for-1-book thing aside (and an explanation for that is in order, at minimum), Caro continues to deliver amazing work. Yes, it's occasionally repetitive and even strident; yes, it hammers on Johnson's faults and even seems relieved to turn to other characters' back stories; but it's just so massively researched that I'll take the quirks. What an education this series provides!

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    taofpaul 06-13-16
    taofpaul 06-13-16
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    "Going through the series."
    If you could sum up Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Reliving my childhood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1?

    The best part of this series for me is that I am reliving my childhood. I'm pushing 60 and often visited my grandparent's 40 acre farm growing up. They were born circa 1900. The national infrastructure development, the stringing of electrical lines, the building of dams along the rivers from the homestead days forward sits in clear view along my grandparent's farm next to the Snake River. My grandfather was a democrat and was always watching the news about the changes clearly outlined in this series. My father was in the South Pacific and I was in high school when the Vietnam war ended. I also have a friend who served in Korea. I've traveled through China for two years now and have listened to their side of the 20th Century. Their stories magnify the brilliance of this author's work.


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

    I'm in China teaching school and there is no TV or radio in English. School is out for the summer so I have been listening to this series in one setting. :-) I'm not a history hound and I hate dark stories about some sociopath that operates successfully with impunity and at the expense of a continuous body count of victims - just to dominate others. So, this series is hard work for me. But, this is surely the best history book for any of us to experience the 20th century again. It's about Johnson but the author is a master political science, sociology, psychology and economics teacher who is giving us a Pulitzer level history lesson.


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    Patricia 10-03-15
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    "Difficult, Mind Boggling, Informative"

    Mr Caso has written a book that every
    Historian, student, and citizen should
    Read. Master of the Senate is a
    Masterpiece of information well presented as well as heart breaking

    Mr Grover is more than a reader or
    A voice.... He is a superb actor
    You may regret listening to him as
    This is a difficult story to swollow.

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    Laura 07-20-15
    Laura 07-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent... For a political biography"

    Very interesting. Enjoyed the level of detail and strong narrative.

    It was, still, a political biography, however. If you like this kind of thing, you'll love this.

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    Heartist 06-07-15
    Heartist 06-07-15
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    "Masterpiece by a master storyteller and narrator!"

    Unfortunate that Audible broke this title into 3 parts to make money even though all the other volumes in the series about LBJ are all one audiobook.
    One way around this is to get the kindle version, then get whisper sync audio of the book at reduced price for the whole book!!
    Enjoy!

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