The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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The Path to Power Summary

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.

©1981, 1982 Robert A. Caro, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Path to Power

    • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 40 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story of a complex man

    • By PauseToThink on 14-10-15

    Regular price: £37.49

  • Book 2

    • Means of Ascent

    • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 62

    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Patrick on 06-10-15

    Regular price: £32.79

  • Book 3.1

    • Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording)

    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 45

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A proper in-depth, detailed book

    • By Paul on 27-05-10

    Regular price: £28.49

  • Book 3.2

    • Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 2 of a 3-Part Recording)

    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 40

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful majority leader in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, great narrator, surprisingly poor edit

    • By Mark Pack on 02-01-17

    Regular price: £28.49

  • Book 3.3

    • Master of the Senate - The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 3 of a 3-Part Recording)

    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Regular price: £28.49

  • Book 4

    • The Passage of Power

    • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    • By: Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 32 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 77

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating insight into a pivotal decade

    • By Kirstine on 01-03-14

    Regular price: £27.49