The latest volume of Robert Caro's epic Lyndon Johnson biography is out -- The Passage to Power covers 1958 through 1964 -- and Amazon has happily delivered our copy.
A quick check of the index shows there's not much Houston-related content except for one episode describing how LBJ got the Houston ... More >>
A new perspective on this odd coupleIt's been -- as always -- a long wait between volumes of Robert Caro's masterful, majestic and compulsively readable biography of Lyndon Johnson.
News has finally come of the new volume, and even better news is that it won't be the last. The new book, Pass ... More >>
Connally: One very expensive delegateThe political world is abuzz today with word of Rick Perry's impressive fundraising. Right after he entered the GOP presidential primary, Perry hauled in $17.1 million.
The cah grab could "counter the perception that his campaign his struggling," the AP s ... More >>
The need to understand the Hill Country as it was.We've written before about our unabashed admiration for Robert Caro's towering and ongoing multi-volume LBJ biography.
A tweet from Lisa Gray alerts us to a presentation Caro recently gave on "the power of place" when it comes to biographers ... More >>
Dutch received undeserved scornPresident's Day is a time to reflect on the people who've lived in the White House, and how best to learn more about them.
Presidential biographies have always been a huge industry, with a staggering amount of trees felled for books both incredibly dense and an ... More >>
For decades, vital issues affecting the U.S. and Texas were hashed out in Suite 8-F of the Lamar Hotel in downtown Houston.The suite had only two rooms and a kitchenette and it was decorated in whatever the relevant time period's definition of "tacky" was, but it became the Unofficial Capital of Tex ... More >>
Photo courtesy Baker InstituteAllen Matusow is in the midst of a distinguished career -- he's the director of academic affairs at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy; he's written such tomes as Nixon's Economy: Boom, Busts, Dollars and Votes and The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalis ... More >>
Anyone who considers themselves a Texan -- one that likes to read, at any rate -- should be federally mandated to read the three volumes in which Robert Caro traces the life of Lyndon Johnson.The first book, Path to Power, is a fascinating primer on the Hill Country, on Sam Rayburn, on farm life in ... More >>