Master of the SenatePosted: 2016/06/01
Caro, Robert. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate. New York: Knopf Doubleday, 2009.
Reason read: to finish (finally, finally!) the series started in February in honor of Presidents Day.
This was a chore for me. For one, I have never been a huge history buff. Secondly, Caro painted Johnson to be such a lying and bullying politician in the first book that I didn’t think I wanted to know anything more about him, as master of the senate, future president, or not. To say that Master of the Senate is well researched is an understatement. This biography goes well beyond Lyndon’s life. Like Path to Power and Means of Ascent before it, Master of the Senate broad in its scope and extremely thorough.
Book trivia: Master of the Senate won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer.
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Presidential Biographies (p 192).