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From the two time Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson an unprecedented gathering of vivid candid deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed booksFor the first time in his long career Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written personal pieces He describes what it was like to interview the mighty Robert Moses; what it felt like to begin discovering the extent of the political power Moses wielded; the combination of discouragement and exhi. Turn every page Never assume anyhting Turn every goddamned page Alan Hathaway uoted by Robert Caro Working Researching Interviewing Writing It is weird to give a Caro book only four stars I ve read nearly everyhing except the big Whale The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York he s writing and it seems nearly perfect He is one of my favorite writers of nonfiction ever His fanatacism to his craft is incredible His old school approach to research and writing is fantastic But still I only gave this book four stars much for the same reason why I gave McPhee only four stars for his writing book Draft No 4 On the Writing Process I ve read too much of it before A lot of both books were cobbled together from other pieces and previous books for example On Power So part of my four star review is due to my hunger and expectations for Caro I want new and I want and part is due to Caro not his strongest book and not original Even in this book I think there were two maybe three different sections where the story of Caro s wife selling their home to help finance The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York pops up I know the story I ve read it before So by the last time it is mentioned in the book I begin to feel it is as much about myth making about Caro and again I m a Caro acolyte I BELIEVE the myth as it is about his craft

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Hich he came to understand that he wanted to write not just about the men who wielded power but about the people and the politics that were shaped by that power And he talks about the importance to him of the writing itself of how he tries to infuse it with a sense of place and mood to bring characters and situations to life on the page Taken together these reminiscences–some previously published some written expressly for this book–bring into focus the passion the wry self deprecation and the integrity with which this brilliant historian has always approached his wor. My first Robert Caro book and dare I say not my lastBeyond interesting Caro takes the reader behind the scenes into his processCaro s thoughts on what great writing entails Rhythm matters Mood matters Sense of place matters All these things we talk about with novels yet I feel that for history and biography to accomplish what they should accomplish they have to pay as much attention to these devices as novels do A two time Pulitzer Prize winning author The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson I m surprised that all three of the libraries I have cards with don t carry these books When people say that power corrupts I don t happen to believe that Power reveals When you re on your way up you have to conceal what you intend to do Once you get power then you see it what he really wanted to do

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Laration he felt confronting the vast holdings of the Lyndon B Johnson Library and Museum in Austin Texas; his encounters with witnesses including longtime residents wrenchingly displaced by the construction of Moses’ Cross Bronx Expressway and Lady Bird Johnson acknowledging the beauty and influence of one of LBJ’s mistresses He gratefully remembers how after years of loneliness he found a writers’ community at the New York Public Library’s Frederick Lewis Allen Room and details the ways he goes about planning and composing his books Caro recalls the moments at w. Working by Robert Caro is a riveting book that basically highlights his career of bringing us no less than two Pulitzer prize winning biographies among his most commendable body of work Caro was intrigued by power and his first biography was that of Robert Moses who essentially built New York City His next endeavor was the extensive biographies of Lyndon Baines Johnson I must say that I have a lot of very dear historians that I have been drawn to over the years but this biographer stands apart I was so struck with the early years of Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Texas Hill country of not only his roots but that of his family and ancestors Caro realizing that he would never be able to understand Johnson s personality nor what drove him unless he lived in the Texas Hill Country which he and his wife did for three years and this is how you develop a sense of place It was in those first several chapters of the first book about President Lyndon Johnson that I was just riveted with the hardscrabble life that these people survived and the difference that Johnson was able to bring to the people of the Texas Hill Country And therefore I came to feel that if what I had for so long wanted to do what was to discover and disclose the fundamentals of true political power not theoretical political power but the raw naked essence of such power then perhaps the best way to do that was through portraying the life of Robert MosesBy a sense of place I mean helping the reader to visualize the physical setting in which a book s action is occurring to see it clearly enough in sufficient detail so that he feels as if he himself were present while the action is occurring The action thereby becomes vivid real to him and the point the author is trying to make about the action the significance he wants to grasp is therefore deepened as wellIt was a step a big step toward justice That s why I tried first to figure out then to explain how Lyndon Johnson managed to do it Hard to figure it out hard to explain it Harder to do itIt s true that I think of the Lyndon Johnson books in terms of very large historical events and trends because the books are the story not just of Lyndon Johnson although even in those terms it s a monumental story the desperate young man who pulled himself out of this incredibly lonely and impoverished place who rose to the very height of power in America what he had always dreamed of and then gave it But the books are also supposed to be a picture of America during the years of Lyndon Johnson


10 thoughts on “Working By Robert A. Caro

  1. says:

    Turn every page Never assume anyhting Turn every goddamned page Alan Hathaway uoted by Robert Caro Working Researching Interviewing Writing It is weird to give a Caro book only four stars I've read nearly everyhing except the big Whale The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York he's writing and it see

  2. says:

    Robert Caro is one of my favorite biographers In this book Caro discusses his life but mostly provides information about how he and his wife do research about a topic The number one take away I got from this book is do not hurry take your time

  3. says:

    I think Caro is the greatest living writer out there may he live forever or until he finishes the last Johnson book A lot of material in this book is old stuff include in his other books or periodicals but it's still wonder

  4. says:

    Lately a daily ritual for me is to offer a simple silent supplication or prayer for two people of advanced age – two people I have never met and whom I am sure I never will meet I pray that they will live several years in good health with continued mental acuity Robert Caro is one of these people At age 83 he is still a few years from fin

  5. says:

    Working by Robert Caro is a riveting book that basically highlights his career of bringing us no less than two Pulitzer prize winning biographies among his most commendable body of work Caro was intrigued by power and his first biogr

  6. says:

    This is an odds and ends collection that functions as a brief Making Of documentary companion to his epic and essential Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson biographies The recent New Yorker excerpt is essentially a nar

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    Having discovered the wonders o

  8. says:

    My first Robert Caro book and dare I say not my last?Beyond interesting Caro takes the reader behind the scenes into his processCaro's thoughts on what great writing entails “Rhythm matters Mood matters Sense of place matters All these things we talk about with novels yet I feel that for history and biography to accomplish what they should accomplish they have to pay as much attention to these devices as novels do

  9. says:

    To look at the cover of this you might think 'Dull dry' Not a bit of it If you have any interest in writing researching why you might feel compelled to write or spend your days rolling around in words or what makes a legendary writer tick this is highly recommended

  10. says:

    Thoughts soon