The Path to Power

Robert A. Caro
Reading Order: Book 8
Categories: 2021, Erik Rostad
Biography
Pages: 768
Suggested By: Brandon Stanton
Date Started: January 20, 2021
Date Finished: February 14, 2021
31h 8m 3s
Reason Book was Chosen: I’ve heard such incredible things about this series. If the 5th book is released during 2021, I will add it to the list.

My Thoughts

Incredible book. Caro starts off the introduction by saying to understand Lyndon Johnson, you need to understand the Hill Country of Texas. He then spends the next 50 odd pages describing the Hill Country of Texas. There’s a whole chapter about life for a farmer husband a wife, their different roles, and the dreadful drudgery of their existence. I will never forget that chapter. I can’t wait to read the other three books of this series.

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  • I just finished this book over the weekend as well. I too had always heard how great they were and when you published your yearly list, I thought it would be a good time to read them as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this and totally agree with you on almost being books within a book. LBJ was only half of it. I just loved the writing and descriptiveness. It is very illuminating to really understand how recent what we consider modern times (electricity, radio etc.) arrived to vast parts of the country. I think I’ll read all the Caro books now. Power Broker and rest of LBJs. Thanks for triggering me to read this, not sure when/if I’d have ever gotten to this series as LBJ has never really struck me as a figure to dig this deep on!

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    • Yeah. Glad to hear you are reading these as well. I’m moving along onto the other books in the series now and like you, would like to read his other books “Power Broker” and “Working” and may do so later this year if I get through the rest of my list. Also, there is word that the 5th book of this LBJ series may be coming out in the near future. If it comes out this year, I’ll add it to my list. I’ll be writing a longer review here and will podcast about this book in a few weeks. It was incredible.

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