[Item #5028] The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate. Robert A. Caro, Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate

ISBN: 0394528360
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. "Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve 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 anatomizes the genius for political strategy and tactics by which, in an institution that had made the seniority system all-powerful for a century and more, Johnson became Majority Leader after only a single term- the youngest and greatest Senate Leader in our history; how he manipulated the Senate's hallowed rules and customs and the weaknesses and strengths of his colleagues to change the "unchangeable" Senate from a loose confederation of sovereign senators to a whirring legislative machine under his own iron-fisted control." (from front flap) The third (of four with a fifth & final pending) volume of Robert A(llan) Caro's (b. 1935) biography of the USA's thirty-sixth President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973). The term "Magisterial" has been overused by reviewers & critics, but truly is earned by this & all the other door-stopper works of Caro. As far as this writer is concerned, Caro is the very greatest biographer-historian of them all. Caro's first Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, is a gold-standard classic; & he famously has spent forty-seven years (& counting) on the still-uncompleted LBJ series. In this installment, as with all of Caro's writings, much more than the life-episodes of one person are imparted in his riveting staccato prose: A thoroughly researched, evocative history of the U.S. Senate leading up to LBJ's election to its membership is provided, setting the stage for his indeed masterful, transformative leadership of that venerated but by-then moribund institution- a feat never achieved before or since (we could argue that in our own time the Senate has reverted back to its sclerotic & impenetrable ways as LBJ first found it). Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with "4/2002" printed on rear flap), first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing with no references to further printings. With two sections of captioned historical photographs. We bestow our highest recommendation on this most-rewarding tome in its rarest original trade form, as we would any under the authorship of the great Robert A. Caro. Book in very fine condition with just a touch of rubbing to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; several very small areas of rubbing at lower edge of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket very fine with only very light rubbing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #5028]

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