Robert Caro

Robert Allan Caro is an American journalist and author known for his biographies of United States political figures. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography and is best known for his multi-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson and his book 'The Power Broker' about Robert Moses.


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  1. 1. The Power Broker

    This book is a biography of Robert Moses, a powerful figure in New York City and state politics, who wielded immense influence over the urban development of the area in the mid-20th century. Despite never holding elected office, Moses was responsible for the creation of numerous parks, highways, bridges, and public works throughout the city and state. The book delves into the methods Moses used to achieve and maintain his power, his impact on the city, and the controversial legacy he left behind.

    The 907th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Passage Of Power: The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

    "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" by Robert Caro is the fourth volume in his acclaimed biography of the 36th President of the United States. This book covers the years from 1958 to 1964, including Johnson's ascent to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Caro explores Johnson's struggles to pass civil rights legislation, his relationship with Kennedy's family, and his efforts to establish his own presidential legacy. The book also delves into Johnson's personal life, including his marriage to Lady Bird Johnson and his health issues. Overall, "The Passage of Power" provides a comprehensive and insightful look into one of the most complex and consequential figures in American political history.

    The 3758th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Path to Power

    "The Path to Power" is a detailed biography of a U.S. president, tracing his life from his birth and upbringing in a poor rural community, through his college years, and onto his early political career. The book explores his personal and professional struggles, his ruthless ambition, and his relentless drive for power. It provides a deep insight into his character, his accomplishments, and the controversial methods he used to achieve his goals.

    The 3878th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Master of the Senate

    This book is the third volume in a series that details the life and career of a prominent American politician. It focuses on his time in the U.S. Senate, detailing how he used his skills in persuasion and manipulation to gain power and influence. The book explores his major legislative achievements, his relationships with other politicians, and his impact on American politics. It also provides an in-depth look at the workings of the Senate and the political climate of the time.

    The 5031st Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Means Of Ascent

    "Means of Ascent" is the second volume in a comprehensive biography series that chronicles the life of a prominent American political figure. This installment focuses on his early political career, particularly his controversial 1948 Senate election. The book delves into the intense and often unscrupulous campaign strategies used, including electoral fraud and manipulation, which ultimately led to his victory. The narrative not only explores the personal and political growth of the central figure during this period but also provides a detailed examination of the political landscape of mid-20th century America, highlighting the influence of money and power in politics.

    The 9280th Greatest Book of All Time