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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Caro Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history and how he used his incomparable legislative genius, cajoling and threatening both Northern liberals and Southern conservatives, to pass the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving rich detail into a gripping narrative, Caro gives us both a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of legislative power. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cwelshhans | 1/27/2014

    " Such a masterpiece. It teaches so much about the Senate and the legislative side of the civil rights struggle, and it does so in a way that never feels like work and is completely fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 1/27/2014

    " The history and structure of the U.S. Senate alsone is worth the substantial commitment of tackling this tome. I found LBJ's horrible personality traits the hardest thing to push through in this classic of biography and political history. Also surprising was the extent of what looks like out and out, no sugar coating, fat envelopes of cash like a money laundering drug dealer corruption. This volume of Caro's treatise on LBJ may well be an indispensable part of the American nonfiction canon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/15/2014

    " Lamentably brief after the passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/13/2014

    " The best of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Gillespie | 1/13/2014

    " If there is a better living biographer, I do not know who that would be. This tome on LBJ is lengthy, but riveting. The narrative is driving. The portrait rich and textured and nuanced. Caro is exhaustive in his research without there being a lot of extraneous information that does not add to the complexity and richness of the portrait. A phenomenal history of the Senate and LBJ and the Legislative process. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RJ | 1/12/2014

    " After the fascinating Means of Ascent, this book focuses on LBJ's years in the U.S. Senate, and the power he wielded. Quite fascinating, but being a serious work this book is very detailed. For the casual reader it's a bit too dense. For others it will be a treasure trove. It also depends on one's view of Robert Caro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Martin | 1/11/2014

    " "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 by Robert A. Caro (2003)" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Riley | 1/11/2014

    " This is the best book I've ever read about the inner workings of Congress. Reading this you realize it'll be a long time before someone like LBJ shows up in American politics. Read it if you are curious about the U.S. in the middle of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/28/2013

    " Caro is a brilliant biographer. Now that I am no longer in law school, I'd like to read more of his books. They are epic, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/20/2013

    " Having read The Path to Power and Means of Ascent, I expected Master of the Senate to blow me away, and I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/22/2013

    " fascinating, gripping, artfully and skillfully told. a tour de force of legislative process and a man's mastery of it, set in the historical context it should be set against. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/21/2013

    " Absolutely killer deep dive into legislative politics and political mastery with a huge and important historical context. Must read for anyone interested in politics or American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Barry | 8/27/2013

    " Big and ponderus, I loved this book! It gave insights to the current political problems faced by Obama and a divided congress. I hightly recommend it to people who love politics and how things get done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Stevens | 6/24/2013

    " Well-written story of LBJ's career, especially in the Senate. There is a lot to learn from this book. LBJ was in every sense a giant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Black | 6/7/2013

    " Ahhh, so *this* is why people read the Caro. Even better than The Power Broker, and a welcome change from the first two rather lackluster books. Onwards to book 4! Excelsior! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norris | 4/22/2013

    " Brilliantly written. Robert Caro takes a potentially dry subject and brings him to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari | 2/12/2013

    " A lengthy book no doubt but a fascinating subject. Hoping to read all four volumes and feel like I should get a masters in LBJ or something. Sometimes Caro goes into a little too much detail but overall a terrific read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarita | 5/13/2012

    " It's unbelievable that a book this long and containing large chunks of Congressional debate could be a page-turner, but it is. I finished the whole, heavy thing and felt as sad to be done and as desperate for another, please, as I did at the end of the Potter series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie.harris | 11/25/2011

    " Lyndon Johnson, though a Dixiecrat to his heart, was the President who most seriously supported social and economic equality for African-Americans during the 1960s. Why do we have such a love affair with the Kennedys? Read on.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 3/21/2011

    " The greatest part of the greatest biography of all time. Not just an in-depth look at Johnson, but at the institutions in which he worked and the characters who shaped him. After all, people do not exist in a vacuum and Caro understands this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/21/2011

    " So, you think LBJ was a bad president?? Maybe he was. But no doubt, he was the most influential Senator in history. No one before or since has run the Senate like the clock LBJ did. You want to understand Cloture and the history of Civil Rights legislation, read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 2/17/2011

    " This series completely changed my perception of LBJ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2011

    " Exhausting and fantastic. What an accomplishment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hock | 1/28/2011

    " Caro and McMurtry have recreate the image of the letters in Texas. Master of the Senate is long and dense and deeply satisfying. I especially liked the passages regarding Truman's firing of MacArthur, Russell Long, and the passing of the civil rights act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 12/11/2010

    " This is the only book in Robert Caro's four volume Years of Lyndon Johnson that I have read. It was engrossing and the best biography I have ever read. It helped me appreciate and fear the means some people go to to attain power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ronan | 11/22/2010

    " The fourth volume of this series will be released in 2012, we are told. Can't wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/14/2010

    " This volume is great biography, great history, presenting the villain as he inveigles national power. "

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About the Author
Author Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award multiple times, as well as also winning virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010 President Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. Caro lives in New York City with his wife.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.