The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Volume 1)
Reissued as a Bodley Head trade paperback, the first 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.
This first instalment tells of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country, revealing in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy and ambition that set LBJ apart. It charts his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as a Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate and his attainment, nonetheless, at the age of thirty-one of the power for which he hungered.
“The greatest biography of our era … Essential reading for those who want to comprehend power and politics”
“A book of radiant excellence … at the summit of American historical writing … Proof that we live in a great age of biography”
“A superb and unique biography … Meticulous in research, grand in scale, this is a major work that will remain a tower of its kind”
“Truly sensational and enthralling … totally original”
“By every measure – depth of research, brilliance of conception, the seamless flow of the prose – The Path to Power is a masterpiece of biography”
“Powerful and stirring. A monumental political saga … it is an overwhelming experience to read The Path to Power”
New York Times
“Not only a historical but a literary event. An epic biography … a sweeping, richly detailed portrait … an awesome achievement”