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...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 fant ...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
Beyond interesting, Caro takes the reader behind the scenes into his process.
Caro's thoughts on what great writing entails: “Rhythm matters. Mood matters. Sense of place matters. All these things we talk about with novels, yet I feel that for history and biography to accomplish what they should accomplish, they have to pay as much attention to these devices as novels do.”
A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author (The Power Broker and The Year ...more
Caro has written five biographies, not including this slim volume. Four are about Lyndon Johnson (he's ...more
He sounded really interesting, so I added his mini-memoir "Working" to my holds list at the library.
Well, he's such a good writer that I'm guessing I'm stuck reading all his books now.
The only reason it's four stars instead of five is because I wanted more. ...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
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
It seems that I have been reading one of Robert A. Caro's books from time to time since I moved to my current home town nearly thirty years ago. He has been writing them even longer. The four volumes in print of his Years of Lyndon Johnson. His massive The Power Broker on the life and pervasive influence of Robert Moses ...more
This is not a how-to book. Think of it as a director's cut. A compendium of extra interviews that come at the end of a movie. Framed this way, I was able to see more clearly the genius of wha ...more
“I never thought of my books as Robert Moses & Lyndon Johnson. I thought of writing biographies as means of illuminating the ...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
Having read 5 of Caro's works - The Power Broker and the 4 LBJ volumes - I hesitated to give this book a 5 simply because of its length. It didn't have that deeply satisfying feeling of sinking into ...more
Robert Caro is dogged & persistent. He pays great attention to what he writes & how he writes it. He is a master of his form. As an amateur historian who has never written anything longer than a very long essay Caro is both an inspiration & an exemplar.
Caro has also written four biographies ...more