Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol III
by Robert Caro
It is quite an enterprise to read, but compelling partly because Lyndon Johnson was such a beautifully unattractive character. On the one hand he was an ogre, but on the other hand he was the first person to get any civil rights legislation through the senate since the Civil War.
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“I always tell people that this is one of the first books you should read if you’re really interested in congressional history. It’s a wonderful book, the third part of Caro’s multi-volume biography of President Lyndon Johnson that focuses on his time as Senate Majority Leader. It’s also a splendid history of the Senate itself.” Read more...
Julian E. Zelizer, Historian