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Robert Allan Caro was born October 30, 1935 in New York. He went to Princeton University, where he majored in English and became managing editor of The Daily Princetonian. Caro began his professional career as a reporter with the New Brunswick Daily Home News. He took a brief leave to work for the näytä lisää Middlesex County Democratic Party as a publicist. He went on to six years as an investigative reporter with the Long Island newspaper Newsday. Robert Caro then went on to write about influential people in New York. His work The Power Broker was a biography on New York urban planner Robert Moses, that highlighted the fight for a proposed bridge across Long Island Sound from Rye to Oyster Bay. He then went on to write about Lyndon Johnson's life in a 5 volume set. Caro's books portray Johnson as a complex character who he also saw as a visionary progressive. He enjoyed writing about politicians and their use of power. For his biographies, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography, the National Book Award, the Francis Parkman Prize which is awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that "best exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist" two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the H.L. Mencken Award, the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and a Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Art and Letters. In October 2007, Caro was named a "Holtzbrinck Distinguished Visitor" at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in this country and in 2012 his title Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson made the New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974) 2,974 kappaletta, 50 arvostelua
The Path to Power (1982) 2,671 kappaletta, 45 arvostelua
Master of the Senate (2002) 2,363 kappaletta, 38 arvostelua
Means of Ascent (1990) 2,168 kappaletta, 31 arvostelua
The Passage of Power (2012) 1,565 kappaletta, 38 arvostelua
Working (2019) 593 kappaletta, 24 arvostelua
On Power (2017) 50 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua

Associated Works

Booknotes: America's Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas (1997) — Avustaja — 430 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography (1986) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua

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By far one of the best books, and biographies, I've ever read. Caro leaves absolutely nothing unscrutinized in his examination of Robert Moses' life, eventually crafting a well-supported theory about the lust for power and how it manifests, not just in this politicians but, by inference, in many politicians. Early in his life, Moses establishes himself as a reformer, a champion against graft and favor in New York City and New York State politics. Though, soon he realizes that, without the requisite power, none of his reforms will ever see the light of day. So, he aligns himself with one of the Tammany Hall elite, Al Smith, and his career takes a very different turn, as does the face of New York. Moses' playbook is filled with manipulation and bullying, and it works for decades until an intolerant actor finally stands up to him over Shakespeare in the park and a group of Central Park mothers stands up to him over a tree. The beginning of the end for Moses is written in the front pages of the daily newspapers over those battles, the tables finally turned on the old media master. It's a long descent, and not a terribly deep one, so it isn't particularly satisfying.

Clocking in at over 1,000 pages, it's a journey, but one well worth the taking.

5 bones!!!!!
Highly Recommended
An all-time favorite.
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blackdogbooks | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 8, 2024 |

Caro's second volume in his long biography covering Lyndon Johnson's rise to and utilization of power is as interesting as the first, perhaps because it shatters some aspects of Johnson which have crystalized or at the least become somewhat opaque with the passage of time.

It is rare for folks to believe any politician is 100% on the clean and narrow, but it is another thing to see the levels of brazen chicanery that some are capable of. I knew very little about LBJ before diving into these books - he was not a President of much focus in my education other than mentions when discussing the various civil rights legislation passed during his Presidency. What I did know essentially boiled down to his campaign button: "All the Way with LBJ."

What is clear from Caro's work here is that Johnson was singular in his focus: he wanted to obtain power. It is not clear *why* other than to correct from childhood experiences, and Caro teases future analysis of what he will do when he obtains power throughout the first two LBJ volumes. What becomes even more apparent as one reads this second volume is that the petty and conniving methods used on his college campus and as part of the "Little Congress" are the rule for LBJ, rather than the exception (at least so far). There were events in the book which were so blatant, so brazen, as to be shocking even to a reader in today's political world. Johnson's campaign strategy of all-out-assault on Coke Stevenson's reputation is certainly an ancestor of today's political campaign strategy, but the outright theft of an election is at least today more technical as opposed to petty theft.

I was somewhat taken with Caro's description of Coke Stevenson. The parallel I grew for him was that of Abraham Lincoln: largely self-educated while working through the day and into the night. His approach to campaigning seemed, at least superficially, somewhat simple. The distinguishing feature between the two is the lack of both magnanimity and political gamesmanship as traits in Coke. Where Lincoln was gifted with political intuition and the will to use it, Stevenson comes across as fairly inept on this front. Whether this ineptitude is due to lack of skill or ethical aversion to such gamesmanship is perhaps debatable - Caro's frame in this work is that it comes from ethical aversion, or perhaps even that Stevenson simply believed it was not necessary to engage until too late.

While I 'read' this book primarily through Grover Gardner's wonderful narration of the Audible audiobook, there were times when I stopped to review the printed text or read portions in print via the Kindle edition. One portion of the book which is left out of the audiobook but included in the Kindle and print versions is Caro's afterward, specifically his discussion on his presentation of Coke Stevenson and response to articles that emerged after this book's initial publication. I would consider this afterward a required element to this book and was disappointed that it was not included in the narration. The afterward contains some critical context and discussion on Stevenson and his reputation as it exists today and how it has been impacted by the victory of Johnson and his generation (in a way, it serves as an interesting example of reality versus 'history is written by the victor').

This was a great read, and I am excited to continue on in this series!
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ThomasEB | 30 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2024 |
Finished part 1 4/23
Finished part 2 6/8
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jscape2000 | 49 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 23, 2024 |
Phenomenal book,fascinating read.
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alans | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 2, 2024 |



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