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The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Complete set published to date: Volumes 1 - 4] by  Robert A CARO - Signed First Edition - 2012 - from Riverrun Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 406062)

The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Complete set published to date: Volumes 1 - 4]

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The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Complete set published to date: Volumes 1 - 4]

by CARO, Robert A

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. A near-fine set, with very modest signs of shelfwear, in crisp, bright jackets, with some minor spotting to sheet edges of first two volumes. Four volumes. 8vo. Original cloth; dust jackets. FIRST EDITION. A SUPERB ASSOCIATION SET, EACH WARMLY INSCRIBED by Caro to the important biographer Robert K. Massie (with two additionally inscribed to his wife, literary agent Deborah Karl). Massie, known as a popularizer of history and his epic page turners, is best remembered for his works relating to the House of Romanov. He was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for 'Peter the Great: His Life and World.' His 600-page 'Catherine the Great' won the 2012 PEN Award for Biography. Massie's first book 'Nicholas and Alexandra' (1967) is still considered the authoritative biography of the subjects.

The present set thus links two of the most prominent biographers of the modern era: Caro, known for his exhaustive research and attention to detail, was awarded the distinction twice (for 'The Power Broker' in 1975 and 'Master of the Senate' in 2003). The present set includes the complete series of Caro's exhaustive biography of LBJ to date. The fifth volume, dealing with Johnson's presidency, is forthcoming. In a 2012 essay in The New York Times, Massie ruminated on the nature of biography writing, and concluded the essay with thoughts on his friend's massive undertaking: "[I look] forward to when I can read my friend Robert Caro's description of his feelings when he finishes the greatest political biography of our era: his life of Lyndon Johnson. He has been writing about this subject for 38 years. He will, I know, have a lot to tell us about writing biography. And about leaving his subject behind.


The Path to Power. 1982. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Robert K. Massie-- Who has the admiration of an immense public audience, of his fellow historians--and of his friend, Bob Caro. Nov. 11, 1982." There are a few penciled underlinings by Massie in the text.

Means of Ascent. 1990. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Bob Massie-- My great colleague, my great friend. Precious to me in both capacities. Robert A. Caro. March 7, 1990."

Master of the Senate. 2002. Inscribed on the half-title: "For Deborah Karl and for Bob Massie, a Master of the Craft. Robert A. Caro. March 27, 2002."

The Passage of Power. 2012. Inscribed on the half-title: "For Bob Massie-- A fellow worker in the craft. From his friend, Robert A. Caro. and For Deborah Karl-- My friend of many years. RAC. April 25, 2012."


   For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist."    To create his first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Caro spent seven years tracing and talking with hundreds of men and women who worked with, for, or against Robert Moses, including a score of his top aides.  He examined mountains of files never open to the public.  Everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, The Power Broker was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest non-fiction books of the twentieth century. It is, according to David Halberstam, "Surely the greatest book ever written about a city." And The New York times Book Review  said: "In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort."    To research The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Caro and his wife, Ina, moved from his native New York City to the Texas Hill Country and then to Washington, D.C., to live in the locales in which Johnson grew up and in which he built, while he was still young, his first political machine.  He has spent years examining documents at the Johnson Library in Austin and interviewing men and women connected with Johnson's life, many of whom had never before been interviewed. The first volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Power, was cited by The Washington Post as "proof that we live in a great age of biography... [a book] of radiant excellence... Caro's evocation of the Texas Hill Country, his elaboration of Johnson's unsleeping ambition, his understanding of how politics actually work, are—let  it be said flat out—at the summit of American historical writing." Professor Henry F. Graff of Columbia University called the second volume, Means of Ascent, "brilliant.  No review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born."  And the London Times hailed volume three, Masters of the Senate, as "a masterpiece... Robert Caro has written on of the truly great political biographies of the modern age."     "Caro has a unique place among American political biographers," according to The Boston Globe .  "He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured."  And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: "Caro has changed the art of political biography."    Caro graduated from Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Complete set published to date: Volumes 1 - 4]
CARO, Robert A
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