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The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Vol. I: The Path To Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Vol. I: The Path To Power
By Robert A. Caro
Knopf, 1982, 882 pp

This is political biography on a grand scale. It begins with Lyndon Johnson's family background, describes the Texas hill country of his youth, and carries down to his defeat in his first race for the Senate in 1941. Two more volumes are promised. Caro separates myth from reality in this portrait of a young politician filled with energy and cunning, unscrupulous and domineering, already a master manipulator, planning and acting every minute of the day.