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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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Robert Caro's Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a book about power. It is a book about one man's naked, ruthless ambition. If there is a single theme to its twelve hundred pages it is that power reveals. Within its pages we find the story of a man whose compassion runs like a "bright thread in a dark tapestry." We find a Senate mired in tradition, a stronghold of the status quo, an institution unwilling and unable to face the challenges of the rising demand for civil rights.

Master of the Senate is a close study of political power played out at the highest levels. It is the political biography of a man who was able to enact historic legislative change when change was most needed. It is the story of Lyndon Johnson's struggle to rise above his humble Texas origins and find his place in history.

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  • Topic: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (ISBN: 978-0394720951)
  • Author(s)/Performer(s): Robert Caro
  • Interviewee: Randy Beutler
  • Interviewer: Frederic Murray
  • Recording Engineer: Brandon Schwartz
  • Length: 00:33:51 (hh:mm:ss)
  • Recorded: August 15, 2011