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Robert Caro Discusses His New Book on President Lyndon B. Johnson
Event Date: May 20, 2003

Robert A. Caro, who recently won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for the Master of the Senate (Knopf, 2002) the third volume in his biography of President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, May 20, in Washington, D.C. The program, which was free and open to the public, was part of the Center for the Book’s author series.

Caro, a graduate of Princeton University, was an award-winning investigative reporter at Newsday newspaper for six years. A Harvard University Nieman fellow, he won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for his first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Knopf, 1974).

To work on his biography of Lyndon Johnson, Caro and his wife Ina moved from New York to Texas and then to Washington, D.C., to live in the locales where Johnson grew up and where he achieved political prominence. Caro has spent years examining documents in the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin and has interviewed thousands of people connected with Johnson’s life. Both the first and second volumes of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Powe (Knopf, 1982) and Means of Ascent(Knopf, 1990)received the National Book Critics Circle Award for the most distinguished nonfiction work of the year.

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