Books: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
After reading the first two Caro books on Johnson (Path to Power and Means of Ascent), I’ve been looking forward to this book since it came out two years ago. This was the perfect antidote to just moving in to a new home and having a great book on tape to listen to while devouring construction projects — those projects can be pretty boring without something to listen to in the background…
Caro describes Lyndon Johnson’s acumen, understanding of power, cunning, and his often unethical actions. I find Johnson a textbook case of what not to be and one of the reasons the public is so cynical about politicians.
The book did not let me down. Path to Power (Caro’s book on Johnson’s first 30 years) is still one of the best biographies I have ever read, but Master of the Senate certainly did not dissapppoint. I highly recommend it.