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Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
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Dec 08, 09

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The book examines in detail Lyndon Johnson's career in the Senate, from his arrival in 1950 until his election as JFK's vice president in 1960. The milestone of Johnson's Senate years was the 1957 Civil Rights Act, whose passage he single-handedly engineered. As important as the bill was--both in its own right and as a precursor to wider-reaching civil rights legislation--it was only close to Johnson's Southern "anti-civil rights" heart as a means to his dream: the presidency. Caro writes that not only does power corrupt, it "reveals," and that's exactly what this massive, scrupulously researched book does. A model of social, psychological, and political insight, it is not just masterful; it is a masterpiece.
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