The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The path to power

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Knopf, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 882 pages
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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, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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Incredible research, great storytelling. - Goodreads
Excellent work, extremely well researched. - Goodreads
Caro is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
You have to love Robert Moses' extensive research. - Goodreads
His prose works like a crucible. - Goodreads
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Review: The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #1)

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A seriously good book. A biography of LBJ up to the age of 34-35 should not be readable, let alone one of the best political biographies you'll come across. 1 volume down... 4 to go. Can't wait. Read full review

Review: The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #1)

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Fantastic start to what I hope will be a great series. Fascinating historic figure and I love Caro's mini biographies for other characters too. Read full review

Contents

The Bunton Strain
3
The Peoples Party
33
The Johnson Strut
40
Copyright

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