Robert Caro

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    LBJ People Want Historic Air Force One, and Ohio Says No

    Even in the historic popularity contest, LBJ can't seem to win. Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy got to the White House on the same ticket, but the two weren't exactly best buddies. It was a marriage of convenience, because they needed each other to deliver their respective sections of the cou ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

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  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    LBJ & the Houston Chronicle: Paper's Support Signed, Sealed & Delivered

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Great News, Texas: Robert Caro's Newest LBJ Volume Comes Out In May

    A new perspective on this odd couple​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's Big Campaign-Cash Haul: Phil Gramm Redux?

    Connally: One very expensive delegate​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Robert Caro: Understanding Texas and the Importance of Place to LBJ's Story

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    President's Day List: Five Biographies You Need to Read

    Dutch received undeserved scorn​President'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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Houston 101: Where Kingmakers Reigned And Plotted

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    The Most Scholarly Jonas Brothers Reviewer Ever

    Allen 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 Liberalism in the 1960s; and he's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Terrible News For Lovers Of Texas History, Or Just Biography In General

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Ike, You Are A Sadistic Bastard

    In Path to Power, the first volume of his epic Lyndon Johnson biography, Robert Caro has a terrific passage dealing with LBJ's tireless fight to bring electricity to the isolated Hill Country. Utility companies refused to string wire to far-away, low-income farms. Even when families physically move ... More >>

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