Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A. Caro, 'one of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer’ (Sunday Times), is one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, whose biographies are widely considered to be masterpieces.
In Working he offers a captivating account of his life as a writer, describing the sometimes staggering lengths to which he has gone in order to pr...more
- Alan Hathaway, quoted by Robert Caro, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
It is weird to give a Caro book only four stars. I've read nearly everyhing (except the big Whale: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York) he's writing and it seems nearly perfect. He is one of my favorite writers of nonfiction ever. His fanatacism to his craft is incredible. His old-school approach to research and writing is fanta ...more
Robert Caro is one of these people. At age 83 he is still a few years from finishing the fifth and final book in his series The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Eight to twelve years elapsed between the publication of each of the first ...more
Caro has written five biographies, not including this slim volume. Four are about Lyndon Johnson (he's ...more
Still, Caro is a wonderful writer, and it's fascinating to get a glimpse of hi ...more
I'm a working historian. I loved his stories of finding buried treasure, convincing a reluctant source to talk, the feeling you get when you figure out how to communicate something to your audie ...more
His readers’ reactions to the women of hill county chapter are as good a rebuttal as anyone needs to those who don’t understand how important economic development is.
“Just remember, turn every page.”
Pleasure to listen to how lovingly he speaks of his wife.
“Silence is the weapon.” He writes “su” for shut up in his notebooks.
Get a sense of place by asking people “what did you see” and “what did you hear”
Carbon copies in 79th street boat basin of all of Moses’ ...more
"Working" is brief, personal, insightful and quite well written, a Caro hallmark. In it, he describes his larger goal, beyond simple biography. For his legion of fans, he has met his goal and more: those who read about Robert Moses learned ...more
Due to our close last names, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a display table with Caro at a yearly literary event—until his piles of door-stopper books became even bigger with each published title, forcing the organizers to give him his own table, (then two of them,) while I shared a table with his wife, Ina Caro, an excellent researcher whose Paris guide book helped me redisc ...more
And if you simply want great insight in how to write non-fiction in gripping, inclusive, evocative prose, this book is also for you.
Caro has always been focused incisively on power: not democratic power, but the power wielded by people placed in offices of power that ...more
Caro is my kind of writer, a thorough researcher. He wants the reader to see it and to feel the moment. This often causes him to go down rabbit holes of research, which extends how long it takes for him to write. Caro has sold his home to have income, moved from New York City to Texas Hill Country and has devoted th ...more
Caro has also written four biographies on Lyndo ...more