Synopses & Reviews
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 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
"Powerful and stirring. A monumental political saga...It's an overwhelming experience to read The Path to Power." New York Times
"Stands at the pinnacle of the biographical art." Houston Post
"By every measure depth of research, brilliance of conception, the seamless flow of the prose The Path to Power is a masterpiece of biography." Newsday
"A superb and unique biography....Meticulous in research, grand in scale, this is a major work that will remain a tower of its kind." Barbara Tuchman
"An awesome achievement! Not only a historical but a literary event....An epic biography....What brings Caro's story...to life is his astonishing concern for the humanity of his characters: the plight of a Hill Country family; the reserve of Lady Bird Johnson; the lonely integrity of Sam Rayburn." Newsweek
About the Author
Robert Allan Caro is a biographer most noted for his studies of United States political figures Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.