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  • Published: 4 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847926142
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $55.00

Means of Ascent

The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Volume 2)


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Reissued as a Bodley Head trade paperback, the second instalment of ‘the greatest biography of our era’ The Times

‘The greatest biography of our era … Essential reading for those who want to comprehend power and politics’ The Times

Robert A. Caro’s legendary, multi-award-winning biography of US President Lyndon Johnson is a uniquely riveting and revelatory account of power, political genius and the shaping of twentieth-century America.

In this second instalment we witness a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new. Following Johnson through his service in the Second World War, it describes the foundation and the myths of his long-concealed fortune. The explosive heart of the book is Caro’s revelation of the shocking true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, which Johnson won with the the ‘87 votes that changed history’.

  • Pub date: 4 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847926142
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $55.00

About the Author

Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was for six years an investigative reporter for Newsday. His first book, THE POWER BROKER, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Frances Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. Both The PATH TO POWER and MEANS OF ASCENT won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Praise for Means of Ascent

“The greatest biography of our era … Essential reading for those who want to comprehend power and politics”

The Times

“Monumental … sets a standard by which future political biographies must be judged”

Telegraph

“Thrilling … never has it been told so dramatically, with breathtaking detail piled on incredible development”

New York Times

“A white-knuckle hair-raising tale … riveting and explosive”

Time

“Uputdownable … as compulsive as any Hollywood thriller”

Evening Standard

“A wonderfully detailed, magnificently readable study that gives us not only Johnson’s character but also a vivid picture of America in the 1940s”

Literary Review

“His depiction of Texas is as brilliant as his account of Lyndon Johnson’s driven soul … a richly rewarding book”

New Statesman


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