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The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
The Path to Power - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1 Author:Robert A. Caro This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the ... more »Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered. In this book, we are brought as close as we have ever been to a true perception of political genius and the American political process.
Means of Ascent, Book Two of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, was a number one national best seller and, like The Path to Power, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The Path to Power (1982) covers Johnson's life up to his failed 1941 campaign for the United States Senate. It won a National Book Critics Circle Award, 1983, a Washington Monthly Best Political Book Award, 1983, and an H.L. Mencken Award,,,"
This is the first of 3 in print volumes of Johnson, there is a 4th volume in the works.
I have read all three, garnered many insights into the political nature of a man most American only remember for his landmark Civil Rights Laws and for being hounded from office over the Viet Nam war.
Caro's focus is political power, how it works, how it is used.
His first book was the Power Broker, a Pulitzer winning examination of Robert Moses in New York.
I strongly recommend reading all 3 of the Johnson volumes.