[Item #6116] 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 over-used by reviewers & critics, but is truly 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-nine 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, & so polarized that bi-partisan legislative achievement is at an impasse). Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $35 price printed at front flap, ""4/2002" at rear flap), first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing with no reference to further printings per custom of this publisher. With two sections of captioned historical photographs. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travellers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books- the dearly beloved parents of this grieving writer. We bestow our highest recommendation on this most-rewarding tome in its rarest contemporary trade form & with distinguished provenance, as we would any volume under the authorship of the great Robert A. Caro. Book in fine-veering-on-very-fine condition with minor wear, fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very light rubbing, spotting & spot-staining to upper & lower edges of text block. Interior very fine with only very slight seepage of black ink from cover cloth onto thin upper edge of illustrated rear paste-down; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket also fine-to-very-fine with a touch of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps; shallow seepage of black ink from cover cloth onto blank inner top & flap-edges/margins, corners, & very slightly from upper edge of outer back cover at blank white area (the above-referred ink seepages appear to us as minor flaws as issued, & those at inner dust jacket are hidden from view by our jacket-protective materials). An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Fine- Very Fine / Fine- Very Fine. [Item #6116]

Price: $60.00