Master of the Senate #2020

Master of the Senate By Robert A. Caro Master of the Senate The most riveting political biography of our time Robert A Caro s life of Lyndon B Johnson continues Master of the Senate takes Johnson s story through one of its most remarkable periods his twelve
  • Title: Master of the Senate
  • Author: Robert A. Caro
  • ISBN: 9780394528366
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Master of the Senate By Robert A. Caro
    Master of the Senate By Robert A. Caro The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A Caro s life of Lyndon B Johnson, continues Master of the Senate takes Johnson s story through one of its most remarkable periods his twelve years, from 1949 through 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 oThe most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A Caro s life of Lyndon B Johnson, continues Master of the Senate takes Johnson s story through one of its most remarkable periods his twelve years, from 1949 through 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 seducing 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.
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    About “Robert A. Caro

    • Robert A. Caro

      He s the author of The Power Broker 1974 , for which he won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize It s a biography of Robert Moses, an urban planner and leading builder of New York City President Obama said that he read the biography when he was 22 years old and that the book mesmerized him Obama said, I m sure it helped to shape how I think about politics Caro has also written four biographies on Lyndon Johnson, including The Path to Power 1982 , Means of Ascent 1990 , and Master of the Senate 2002 , and The Passage of Power 2012 , which won the National Book Critics Circle Award He s at work on a fifth and final volume about Lyndon Johnson, which he says will take him a few years still.From American Public Media

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    • As I was reading this book, I thought back to our recent election, and to a minor flap that occurred when Michelle Obama said she was proud of America for the first time in her life Some people white people didn t, or couldn t, understand what she meant They should probably read this book, for while it is a dense, incredibly detailed chronicle of Lyndon Johnson s Senate years, it is also the story of civil rights in America It s a disgusting story There were times I was so infuriated reading thi [...]


    • Power concedes nothing without a demand It never did and never will Robert A Caro, Master of the Senate The first thing one must discuss when talking about this book is its size Its umpf Its heft It doesn t come to you, you go to it Weighing in at almost 2lbs, this book is 3x the size of premature babies that survive now It is a beast 1167 pages including notes and index But man, there was a gem on every page And not just a historical detail, but Caro s prose makes this book easier consume than [...]


    • Best book of the series, and best book about American history that I think I ve read Now we are getting to the drama and corruption at an interesting scale the US Senate And the portrait we have of Johnson is fascinating Lyndon Johnson was just simply power hungry He had no principles of note, no things he was on a mission to do except to hold as much power as he could But he was brilliant at reading people, knowing what they wanted, and finding ways to horse trade in his huge and growing networ [...]


    • Caro makes history as compelling as fiction LBJ is a great subject and he takes his time through 5 volumes This is volume 3 and there is a lot to be learned about using the Senate rules and cloakroom as effectively as Johnson was able to do.Pros Great details LBJ s faults and virtues are all on display a critical period in U.S history is well documentedCons Lady Bird, John Connelly and Bill Moyers all refused to talk to Caro as he wrote this volume They are the keepers of much truth and their ab [...]



    • Robert Caro has got to be the best American biographer of the past 50 years It s sad that he s only turned out 4 books in the last 35 years, but each one is so exceptionally researched and well written Master of the Senate is another chapter in Caro s multi volume study of Lyndon Johnson, focusing on his time in the Senate, specifically his efforts to pass the first Civil Rights bill since Reconstruction His study of the political dynamics of the Senate in the 1950s, including the entrenched fec [...]


    • Yes, this, the third volume in the Johnson biography, is also one of the best books ever written, like the other ones And yes, I can t wait until the next volume comes out.Caro is such a great writer because he is so honestly interested in the minutiae of process, and he treats all his great works as procedural thrillers He doesn t just want to know that Johnson was able to win a vote in the Senate, he wants to know exactly how he did it, what horse trades he had to make, what motions he would u [...]


    • Like the second, the third volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson progresses from a slow start to a riveting finish In the first 100 pages Caro recounts the exercise of power in the Senate from its inception to the time Lyndon Johnson entered in 1948 At that time, the firmly entrenched seniority system vested unmitigated power in the committee chairmen who were old, conservative and southern This instructive history lesson gives us the context we need to assess Johnson s significant accomplishmen [...]


    • Make no mistake Lyndon Baines Johnson was a stone cold, LEGISLATIVE ANIMAL His accomplishments, maneuvering, and overall dominance as a tactician are all the remarkable when you consider the regular, alternating fits of paralysis and tantruming that have unfortunately come to characterize the modern day, pitiful excuse for the United States Senate we ve inherited Caro s knowledge, both of the institution and of the man himself, is clearly comprehensive, but what I loved about Master of the Sena [...]


    • bestpresidentialbios 2017 Master of the Senate The Years of Lyndon Johnson is the Pulitzer Prize winning third volume in Robert Caro s series covering the life of Lyndon B Johnson Caro is a former investigative reporter and the author of another Pulitzer Prize winning biography The Power Broker reviewing the life of Robert Moses He is currently working on the fifth and presumably final volume in his LBJ series.Published in 2002, Master of the Senate covers Johnson s life from 1949 through 1960 t [...]


    • After 3 volumes and 3000 pages probably 4000 counting all the notes, which are well worth reading , I can t think of a better term to describe this bio of LBJ than page turner Actually, I can think of lots of better terms compelling, gripping, exhaustively detailed, amazingly well researched and documented, vivid, compassionate, fair, unblinking, dogged, and probably the greatest analysis of political power in 20th century America that will ever be written Quite simply, I love this book, with a [...]


    • This is an excellent book on two levels it sheds light on the character of Lyndon Johnson and it reveals the intricate workings of the US Senate I was appalled by the side of LBJ that Caro uncovers He was an ego maniacal bully who used physical intimidation and lies to manipulate those around him He was the youngest Senator to hold the position of Senate majority leader and he was truly masterful at claiming and wielding the power that came with that position The book uses the famous Civil Right [...]


    • I can t wait for the final volume of this to come out While everyone I know told me I was crazy for delving into a three volume bio of LBJ that ends just as he finally becomes V.P it is a great reminder that politics has always been dirty and the dirtiest always win Oh, yeahe country also loses then Having said that I found the LBJ in the book one of those amazing characters who made me battle myself Half the time I loved him and half the time I hated him In domestic policy the goals were admira [...]


    • I ve started about eight books in the past week, but I can t get into any of them I ve just been flailing around in the Proust, and nothing else I ve tried to read lately has done anything for me so tonight I decided to stop this charade and go for what I want.I ve suspected for awhile that I was born to read this book, yet I keep telling myself it s not time yet There s something a little scary about starting a book like this one What if it s not as mindblowing as I think it s going to be What [...]


    • As one who has come late to the magisterial multi volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, I continue to be amazed at Robert Caro s skill in walking the tightrope of scholarly research and lively presentation After recently reading volumes one and two, I had come to know the man from Texas, and now in volume three I ve seen LBJ truly in his element, trading favors and exploiting arcane rules to turn the Senate on its complacent ear Yet even as I call LBJ the man from Texas, I know where he preferred [...]


    • This is a long book Caro provides extended passages of background about a quarter of the book on the history of the Senate, from the great days of Webster, Clay and Calhoun to current times He also went into detail about the architecture and seats in the Senate both before and after the War of 1812 Approximately half of the book covers in detail the epic battle over the 1957 Civil Rights Bill Johnson s magic is the main subject of the book how he made things happen in the U.S Senate Johnson s wh [...]


    • This is THE book of 2016 It literally took 11 months for me to read it It is another of Caro s magnificent depictions of power Johnson longed for power and he used every means to get it Once gotten, he used his power for all it was worth either for the good of the country but likely for the advancement of LBJ Caro s research is detailed and embraces every aspect of the high points of Johnson s Senate career The single chapter on the passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act shows Johnson s understan [...]


    • Master of the Senate is the third book in Caro s brilliant biography of Lyndon B Johnson It was just as beautifully written as the first two volumes, but much larger in scope Not necessarily in the time period covered, but in the background detail needed to truly understand Johnson s role in the Senate and how he transformed it It is not an overstatement to say that Johnson became a master of the Senate Throughout Caro s series on The Years of Lyndon Johnson, he presents a man with conflicting m [...]


    • Massive, impeccably detailed and researched third part of a planned 4 volume set on the life of LBJ Incredibly fascinating and detailed, with Johnson s notorious faults and brilliant achievements portrayed with a wealth of detail I await Volume 4.


    • Another masterpiece from Robert Caro The longest book thus far in the series, this covers Johnson s years in the Senate 1949 1961 Mainly, Caro focuses on the period from 1949 up to the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1957 During this time, Caro shows how Johnson rapidly accumulated power, becoming Minority Leader in 1953 while still a freshman Senator and only 44 years old Johnson then bullied his way into being chosen as the Democrats Majority Leader when they retook control of the Senate i [...]


    • Really, really good If you don t have time to read all 1040 pages of it, I d recommend just reading Parts 1 and 5 which are extremely thorough histories of the US Senate and the Civil Rights movement during the 1950 s.


    • This is the third of the four volumes of Robert Caro s biography of Lyndon B Johnson and the one which won a second Pulitzer Prize for Caro It deals with Johnson s time in the Senate from 1949 until the election of 1960 Worth the price of admission alone, are the first few chapters which give a succinct but comprehensive history of the United States Senate from its inception until Johnson s elevation to Majority Leader Caro describes the Founders original intent in creating this Body to be one t [...]


    • I really liked the first two volumes in Caro s life of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Means of Ascent and The Path to Power, but this third volume was definitely the best of the three Here, Caro focuses on Lyndon Johnson during the Senate years from 1949, when he first entered the Senate, until 1960 when he was elected Vice President Caro continues to portray Johnson as an extremely complex individual One side of the man was a Machiavellian bully intent on furthering his own interests through the tradin [...]


    • I don t think biographies get any better than this The depth of Caro s research and skill of narrative writing is so impressive and awesomeOne of the best books I ve read, it sheds so much light on the politics of Capitol Hill back in the 40s and 50s Caro is so good with bringing the whole era to life, breathing life into all the wily and not so wily politicians, the evil big money corporate businessman Caro doesn t mind letting you know how he feels about people , the scheming lawyers, not to m [...]


    • Another big book I m going to miss all summer long thank God there are 3 in the series Stacked up against two of my favorites on Johnson Taking Charge and Reaching For Glory by Michael Beshloss Caro s Master is the clear winner Perhaps it was Caro s writing style, somehow he just got to the heart of the man It could also have been the life events of Johnson LBJ was at his strutting cock prime in the Senate and this book captured the sweet spot of his career Caro brings it all back to life, three [...]


    • Quite simply, one of the finest books I have ever read Some have acturatley described Caro s biographies as akin to a thriller or western than a political biography This volume is lengthy but reads terribly quickly and chronilces Johnson s rise to power and political machinations in the U.S Senate Especially memorable events chronicled included Johnson s efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first such bill since Reconstruction Another beloved aspect of the book are the references m [...]



    • The third of Robert Caro s voluminous Lyndon Johnson chronicles, cMaster of the Senate covers his years as Senate Majority Leader in the 50s For the first time, I occasionally found Caro s orotund, digressive prose a bit tedious, especially in the endless prologue on the history of the Senate Nonetheless, the meat of the book makes it well worth plowing through the slower passages, as Caro captures Johnson s evolution both as politician and man Caro spends a lot of time chronicling Johnson s boo [...]


    • Brilliant, and beautifully written Great insights into a man driven by ego and insecurity But also a stark expose of the evil and pervasive presence of American Racism Powerful to read at this time, because, like LBJ, we are still in so much denial about our complicity our participation in this national shame Yes, Johnson used political wizardry to get a civil rights bill through the senate But only because it brought him prizes and praise.


    • I found myself wondering why Robert Caro, a man of immense skill and deep understanding, chose to focus so much of his own life to this ongoing study of Lyndon Johnson Johnson wasn t, after all, a man inherently worthy of this kind of detailed exploration of his life and deeds And yet Caro saw that in LBJ s odd rise there is a starker picture of what the pursuit of power really means what it takes and how it s done by a master that somehow makes clear how our democracy actually functions It s i [...]


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