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Is Caro's "Years of Lyndon Johnson" the greatest American political biography?

due to its sheer length, detail, and depth of research...it's hard to find others.

and there is a 5th volume TBA.

any others?

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It looks interesting,but my reading list is overfull at present.I will put the first volume on my reserve list.
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It looks interesting,but my reading list is overfull at present.I will put the first volume on my reserve list.
I bet you will buy the rest halfway through "the Path to Power".

I find it more riveting than "The Power Broker".

The series is definitely one that makes a person smarter in a general sense.
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Had a look on E Bay just in case,the second book is within the casual purchase price range,sadly not the case for the first volume.Checked it out on wiki,they get substantial rave reviews.
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The Power Broker and Master of the Senate won the Pulitzer prize for non-fiction. Path to Power won a bunch of awards.

The weaker book is the second one. The fourth one had good reviews.
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I read them all via audible books. Extremely engrossing, fascinating, and informative. Power Broker - about Robert Moses, though good, was not as compelling to me.
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What makes LBJ more interesting than Moses is how his power is always on a razor-edge- it is precarious while Moses' power is establishment power, and on more or less solid ground.

LBJ bootstraps himself for political continuity, and this makes for something a bit more interesting.

both are brilliant though- my notes about "lessons learned" are very long.

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I hadn't have thought of that aspect of the contrast between the Moses book and LBJ. Makes sense that the pronounced compelling nature of LBJ was his calculated risk taking. Very calculated but obviously still a risk and often an unexpected twist thwarted his plans but further calculations and luck would often prevail.
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LBJ, ruthlessly practical..had a talent for improvisation and repeatedly turning positions of little influence into those of political power with him at the center.

Moses was ruthless at consolidating power and destroying his enemies. He masterful chief executive that was successful at constantly expanding his power for 4 1/2 decades.

Moses was the lion; LBJ was the fox
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The greatest British biography?

Gilbert's Churchill is 8 volumes long and supposedly the longest biography in the English language.
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I am currently reading "Master of the Senate".
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The greatest British biography?

Gilbert's Churchill is 8 volumes long and supposedly the longest biography in the English language.
I am due to re-read that one but probably will go with audible books instead as has been my bent the past several years.

Of the handful plus of Churchill "bios" I have read, the one that stood out for me was Roy Jenkins' if I was forced to choose one. Aside from the many others out there that seem to play on some theme vis a vis Churchill versus a bio that I dabble in on occasion.
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I am due to re-read that one but probably will go with audible books instead as has been my bent the past several years.

Of the handful plus of Churchill "bios" I have read, the one that stood out for me was Roy Jenkins' if I was forced to choose one. Aside from the many others out there that seem to play on some theme vis a vis Churchill versus a bio that I dabble in on occasion.
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John Rockefeller, who worked with Moses on many projects (including the UN building) is dead.
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