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. At the heart of the book is its unprecedented revelation of how legislative power works in America, how the Senate works, and how Johnson, in his ascent to the presidency, mastered the Senate as no political leader before him had ever done.
Caro demonstrates how Johnson's political genius enabled him to reconcile the unreconcilable: to retain the support of the southerners who controlled the Senate while earning the trust - or at least the cooperation - of the liberals, led by Paul Douglas and Hubert Humphrey, without whom he could not achieve his goal of winning the presidency. And we hear him achieve the impossible: convincing southerners that although he was firmly in their camp as the anointed successor to their leader, Richard Russell, it was essential that they allow him to make some progress toward civil rights.
Robert A. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, as well as two National Book Critics Circle Awards and other honors. Master of the Senate is told with an abundance of rich detail that could only have come from Caro's peerless research.
Master of the Senate is an exhaustive yet thoroughly enjoyable account of Lyndon B Johnson's years in the senate (1949 - 1961). During that time, Johnson restored power to the title of Senate Majority Leader (no easy feat!) and used his extraordinary political prowess to ensure passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act. This book is must for anyone who loves the human drama of politics and power. (Kerry, Producer of Original Programming)
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 2003
There is something uniquely mesmerizing about the wily, combative Lyndon Johnson as portrayed by Caro. ( Publishers Weekly)
A model of social, psychological, and political insight, it is not just masterful; it is a masterpiece. ( Amazon.com)
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