Robert A Caro

Means of Ascent
  • Means of Ascent

  • ‘The greatest biography of our era … Essential reading for those who want to comprehend power and politicsThe Times

    Robert A. Caro’s legendary, multi-award-winning biography of US President Lyndon Johnson is a uniquely riveting and revelatory account of power, political genius and the shaping of twentieth-century America.

    In this second instalment we witness a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new. Following Johnson through his service in the Second World War, it describes the foundation and the myths of his long-concealed fortune. The explosive heart of the book is Caro’s revelation of the shocking true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, which Johnson won with the the ‘87 votes that changed history’.

Robert A. Caro has been described as ‘the greatest political biographer of our times’ (Sunday Times) and ‘a world authority on the nature of power and how to use it’ (Guardian). His first book, The Power Broker, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Frances Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. His subsequent books comprise a multi-volume work, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, 'regarded by many as the greatest political biography of the modern era' (The Times), winning three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award and a further Pulitzer Prize. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in the United States. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer.