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The Path to Power (1982)

de Robert A. Caro

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Séries: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (1)

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Traces Johnson's life from his Texas childhood through his rise to political power and his successful 1948 senatorial campaign.
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It’s so tempting to read Lyndon as an embodiment of the American century. For starters he’s so fundamentally weird; human only in outward form. The more I learn about America, especially after spending the last 8.5 years there, the weirder it seems, and the same goes for Lyndon. And he’s weird in many of the same ways America is weird. He obsesses about size, outcomes, ambition, and his idea of pleasure is sadomasochistic; he’s an unstinting flagellant of himself and others and is never satisfied. And in so many ways he embodies the progress of his country. He weaponises corporate money in politics. He buys up the airwaves and the press. He gives dictation while taking a dump, he feigns sleep if he can’t monopolize the conversation. As Caro notes, he’s someone who “creates politics”, who fosters the unsavoury conditions necessary for his own success.

Another weird thing about America are people’s names. Johnson is obviously not a weird name, although it’s a little odd that he comes from Johnson City. But the supporting cast more than compensate. It was delightful to spend time in the company of characters called Wingate Lucas, Carroll Keach, Everett Looney, Maury Maverick, Wright Patman, Polk Shelton, Clayton Stribling and Harfield Weedin. Pynchon would be proud. And “Path to Power” is as great and grotesquely American as anything by him. ( )
  yarb | Jul 27, 2021 |
I just finished this large first volume in the Robert Caro biography of LBJ. As is so often the case, I wish I could give half star ratings, this would be a 4.5, but I decided to be generous and round up this time because I found this book totally fascinating. It brings all new meaning to the term "in depth" and at times I do wish Caro had pared down or focused a little more tightly, but in the end all the detail pays off an you are left with a very rich, complex, and impossible to summarize view of LBJ's early years. This book ostensibly ends with the start of World War 2 although the last chapter kind of takes you up to 1948. I'll be interested to see where volume 2 starts. As I said, there is no way to truly summarize what is in the book, but if you are at all interested in this period and/or in LBJ then you will find this book very rewarding. I do plan on reading the remaining volumes but not right away. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Reading "The Years ..." is a significant undertaking, and I have three more published — and one to come — volumes yet to take on. But this is historical biography at its very best. Caro is clearly taken with LBJ, but he's certainly not smitten. The portrait we have is balanced: there's the master politician, but also the crooked finance management and, worse, the opportunistic power grabber. ( )
  markburris | Jul 11, 2021 |
My favorite nonfiction book. ( )
  chiefchirpa7865 | Apr 12, 2021 |
Lyndon Johnson's background from his grandparents to his parents to his dirt poor Texas upbringing and his struggle to achieve power and influence. He was corrupt, manipulative, deceitful, greedy for power and the money it would take to obtain that power. He lied about his positions and what he believed. His portrayal of what he thought changed with who he was speaking to at the moment. Yet, in spite of all that, he may have been the best congressman of his time, obtaining jobs and relief and government aid for people who truly were actually dirt poor and had nothing. He is singly responsible for electricity being made available to the poor who owned farms far from any city. He truly impacted the lives of many many people. In essence, his modus operandi was to do anything to achieve the role and power he desired, and in the process he helped an awful lot of people. Not a man to admire, but a very interesting man and the book gives an excellent real portrayal of depression are 1930's rural Texas. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
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For readers who want to believe that the President Johnson of the Vietnam War years not merely was, but always had been, an unprincipled monster, ''The Path to Power'' will be rewarding reading. For those who seek to understand this remarkably complex, singularly gifted and tragically limited man, Mr. Caro's book will seem more like a caricature than a portrait.
 
For whatever the drawbacks of ''The Path to Power,'' they seem slight in the framework of its overall impact. The details that Mr. Caro has dug up are astonishing, and he has pieced them together to tell a monumental political saga.
 

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(Introduction) Two of the men lying on the blanket that day in 1940 were rich.
On the day he was born, he would say, his white-haired grandfather leaped onto his big black stallion and thundered across the Texas Hill Country, reining in at every farm to shout: 'A United States Senator was born this morning!'
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