By Robert A. Caro

The main riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s lifetime of Lyndon B. Johnson, keeps. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s tale via one among its so much notable classes: his twelve years, from 1949 via 1960, within the usa Senate. as soon as the main august and respected physique in politics, by the point Johnson arrived the Senate had turn into a parody of itself and a drawback that for many years had blocked desperately wanted liberal laws. Caro indicates how Johnson’s brilliance, appeal, and ruthlessness enabled him to turn into the youngest and strongest Majority chief in background and the way he used his incomparable legislative genius--seducing either Northern liberals and Southern conservatives--to cross the 1st Civil Rights laws on the grounds that Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving wealthy aspect right into a gripping narrative, Caro offers us either a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory learn of the workings of legislative energy.

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