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Author(s): Robert A. Caro
With this, the second volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro enters into the central narrative of his magisterial biography - one of the richest, most intensive and revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. Here we have Johnson's service in the Second World War and the foundation of his long-concealed fortunes as well as the facts behind the myths he created about them. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for 40 years shrouded in rumour, which Johnson had either to win or face certain political death, and which he did win - by 'the 87 votes that changed history'. Caro allows us to witness a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new - the politics of issue versus the politics of image, mass manipulation, money and electronic dazzle.
Robert A. Caro is the author of The Path to Power - the first volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson and also available in Pimlico - and of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. He has won the pulitzer prize, the Francis Parkman Prize (awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that 'best represents the union of the historian and the artist'), the H.L. Mencken Award (for the best non-fiction book published in 1982), and a number of other prizes. He is a native of New York City, where he and his wife now live.