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Means of ascent

Author: Robert A Caro
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [1990] ©1990
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Carries Johnson from his 19th senate defeat through WWII and on to the securing of his political and economic fortunes.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Lyndon B Johnson; Lyndon B Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Caro
ISBN: 0394528352 9780394528359
OCLC Number: 22542144
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award.
Description: xxxiv, 506 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Ends and means --
Part I : "Too Slow" --
Going back --
All quiet on the Western front --
In the Pacific --
Lady Bird --
Marking time --
Buying and selling --
One of a crowd – Part II : The Old and the New --
The story of Coke Stevenson --
Head start --
"Will!" --
The Flying windmill --
All or nothing --
The stealing --
Lists of names --
Qualities of leadership --
The making of a legend --
A love story --
Three rings.
Responsibility: Robert A. Caro.
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Carries Johnson from his 19th senate defeat through WWII and on to the securing of his political and economic fortunes.

Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues one of the richest, most intensive and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. In Means of Ascent the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian, chronicler also of Robert Moses in The Power Broker, carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for forty years shrouded in rumor, which Johnson had to win or face certain political death, and which he did win -- by "the 87 votes that changed history." Caro makes us witness to a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new -- the politics of issue versus the politics of image, mass manipulation, money and electronic dazzle.

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