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On Power Audiobook

On Power

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From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

In On Power, an Audible exclusive, the legendary historian Robert A. Caro reflects on what drew him as a young journalist to study political power and what his half century of reporting on New York City urban planner Robert Moses and President Lyndon Johnson have taught him about the inner workings of government and democracy.

Adapted by the author from two recent speeches and filled with thoughtful lessons and personal moments, On Power goes behind the scenes in the author's decades-long quest to understand how power works, often in ways he could have never imagined.

Listening to On Power, narrated with emotion and humor by Caro in his unmistakable New York accent, is like having a private audience with the author often hailed as our greatest living historian. Longtime fans of Caro's books, as well as those seeking a more personal introduction to his life and work, will be treated to his trademark wit and revelatory insight.

But more than anything, On Power is a timely reminder for those who want to better understand how power and government work.

In Caro's words: "Why political power? Because it shapes all of our lives. It shapes your life in ways that you might never think about. Every time a young man goes to college on a federal education bill passed by Lyndon Johnson, that's political power. And so is a young man dying in Vietnam. Every time an elderly person is able to afford an MRI, that's Medicare. That's political power. It affects your life in all sorts of ways. My books are an attempt to explain this power.... Because the more America understands about political power, the better informed our votes will be, and then, hopefully, the better our democracy should be."

©2017 Robert A. Caro, Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Joseph C. Kusnan 05-15-17
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    "Simply extraordinary. A short masterpiece."

    This is one of the greatest short pieces of non fiction memoir of its kind. And the fact that is is in Robert Caro's own voice makes it even more moving. It is part Robert Caro's first person memoir (and his long suffering wife Ina too) as well as the story of the inimitable dogged storytelling and reporting that has won him multiple Pulitzer Prizes. It is also a testament to his humanity and his reasons as to why he has spent a lifetime focused on these two biographical subjects because it is not just about power for its own sake but also because it is about power's effect on the powerless.

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    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 05-11-17
    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Why how power is acquired and how it is used"

    This time Robert Caro does his usual excellent job of writing, but not to explain how other people think and work, but why he has chosen to do the work he has essentially given his life to. No one can summarize his work as well as Caro has. I certainly will not try. But I will say I have read his two books on LBJ and am now anxious to read his book about the power broker Robert Moses, as well his third LBJ book.

    His work is better than fiction. To use a familiar phrase, you can't make this stuff up.

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    Daniel B. 05-13-17
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    "Power"

    What real New Yorkers think about. If you want to stop throwing up your hands every time you read the news, listen to this book then go read all the rest of Mr. Caro's books. You will see what America really needs and then go vote every time you can.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 05-12-17
    Brian 05-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Must listen for any Caro fan"

    I love Robert Caro's books. Normally I'd encourage people to READ The Power Broker and the Johnson series, but this is a must LISTEN. Caro's old school New York accent really makes this piece of work come alive. Also , this is a great option for the person who doesn't want to invest the time in the Power Broker or Johnson series, but wants a very quick glance at what the writer was attempting to do with those books.

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    NM 05-11-17
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    "Story of a lifetime, brilliant student of power"

    A masterful storyteller recounting how, and why, he has dedicated so much time and effort to his craft.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "I thought it would be more"

    Interesting but long on Caro and short on his insights. I was hoping fir more. I'll have to wait to read his next book.

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    Abraham Thomas 05-14-17
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    "Enlightening summary of lessons learned by a true investigative journalist"

    I was introduced to "On Power" by Sam Hinkie who tweeted about it and later sent a link which allowed me to download it for free. It was enriching to hear Robert describe what he learned while researching the root origins of powerful individuals in both NYC while writing his biography on Robert Moses and the same with LBJ. Robert's honest encounters and willingness to commit to his brand of honest journalism seemingly allowed him to develop a deep understanding of both subjects and what factors played a role in their success. I appreciate Sam for introducing me to Robert's work and thank Robert for his efforts and describing his experiences in such a vivid and easy to appreciate manner.

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    Kathy FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-12-17
    Kathy FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-12-17 Member Since 2010
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    "How Caro came to write about Robert Moses & LBJ"

    For those interested in political power in America and devotees of Caro this one is a "must listen." To hear Caro talk about his work in his own voice gives this a special flavor. And I'm so glad this was done as an Audible exclusive. I only wish there was also a hard copy or Kindle companion edition available.

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    Judson 05-09-17
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    "Cool after reading his Books"

    You Understand more about how and why he wrote his other books on lBJ and New York power broker

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    Spyder 05-16-17
    Spyder 05-16-17
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    "middling"

    seems like a fairly short podcast rather than an actual book with new details. wait for a sale

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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