Robert A. Caro


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in New York, The United States
October 30, 1935

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A former investigative reporter for Newsday, Robert Caro is the author of The Power Broker (1974), a biography of the urban planner Robert Moses which he won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize. President Obama said that he read the biography when he was 22 years old and that the book "mesmerized" him. Obama said, "I'm sure it helped to shape how I think about politics."

Caro has also written four biographies on Lyndon Johnson, including The Path to Power (1982), Means of Ascent (1990), and Master of the Senate (2002), and The Passage of Power (2012), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently at work on a fifth and final volume about Lyndon Johnson

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The Path to Power

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Working: Researching, Inter...

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On Power

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The Years of Lyndon Johnson...

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Dallas, November 22, 1963

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“But although the cliche says that power always corrupts, what is seldom said ... is that power always reveals. When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary. ... But as a man obtains more power, camouflage becomes less necessary.”
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power

“If you can’t come into a room and tell right away who is for you and who is against you, you have no business in politics.”
Robert A. Caro, The Path to Power

“President Kennedy’s eloquence was designed to make men think; President Johnson’s hammer blows are designed to make men act.”
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power

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