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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 Exhilaration 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 Which 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 Work 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 narrative alternate version, seamlessly combining information from many of the brief essays into one continuous story The book is scattered and not as elegant, but all the additional information is equally fascinating and a real tease for whatever extended memoir he s working on You see his unflashy yet profound belief in the power of researching, interviewing and writing in action, watching with him as a breakthrough with a subject or source material reveals the hidden crucial moments that change everything There is something just as moving about watching Robert Caro in the process of sketching Moses or Johnson s unparalleled ability to create and destroy as reading the finished product Powerful political figures like them may shape our world, but it is writers like Caro who demystify them, who give the downtrodden a voice, who identify the ephemeral and arbitrary sources of power, of timeless possibility, and of the original sin baked into the American and by extension human experience Usually I read fiction, and part of what appeals to me about Caro s work is how it articulates better than anything why writing is important, as important as any kind of politics In the biographies that is shown by implication, but here it is explicit.This quote might sum it up While I am aware that there is no Truth, no single truth, no truth simple or unsimple, either no verity, eternal or otherwise no Truth about anything, there are Facts, objective facts, discernible and verifiable And the facts you accumulate, the closer you come to whatever truth there is And finding facts through reading documents or through interviewing and re interviewing can t be rushed it takes time Truth takes time. 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 wonderful to have it compiled in one place My favorite essay in this collection was the one about importance of place where he talks about how living in the Hill Country and experiencing the barrenness of the land helped him understand Johnson s superhuman vote counting abilities and how Caro recreated his walk to the Hill at the exact time he was doing it so that he could understand why he would break out into a run every day on his way to work I also love his work because it is human he talks about how he needed to talk to the people who were hurt by Robert Moses, for example, to tell the full story Now, please, for the love of God, Robert Caro, stop writing memoirs and GET BACK TO WORK. 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 CountryAnd 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 Moses By 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 well It 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 our, hard to explain it Harder to do it It 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 My first Robert Caro book and, dare I say, not my last Beyond interesting, Caro takes the reader behind the scenes into his process.Caro s thoughts on what great writing entailsRhythm 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 booksWhen 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 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 finishing the fifth and final book in his series The Years of Lyndon Johnson Eight to twelve years elapsed between the publication of each of the first four books in the series due to Caro s insistence on time consuming, meticulous research and constant re organizing and re writing of the lengthy volumes But the results are all masterpieces I am currently than halfway through Master of the Senate, the Pulitzer prize winning third book in the series.Caro s books are so much than mere biographies They tell the story of power in America how power is won, how it has been wielded, how it has been maintained and lost, and how it has affected, for both good and for ill, those who have it and those who do not.In this relatively short memoir Robert Caro talks about his work He gives several insightful and interesting anecdotes He also describes the details of how he painstakingly obtains the information for his books, through countless interviews and literally millions of pages of reading, constantly reorganizing, deleting from, adding to, and rewriting his manuscripts until, years later, he achieves the final product a published book that he is still and forever wanting to enhance and improve.I believe that if I had read the printed version of this book rather than having listened to the audio book, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much The audio book is read by the author himself, in his slow, purposeful, New York accent I loved how he pronounced raw and law as rawr and lawr His wife Ina, whom he refers to frequently always with obvious heartfelt love, respect, and devotion he pronounces Iner I cannot recommend Robert Caro s books highly They are not light reading, but they are illuminating than anything I have ever read before, and so well written This memoir, however, could probably only be truly appreciated by those who have already had experience with Caro s writing. Robert Caro je g nius literat ry faktu sp sobom, ako bol Da Vinci najv m g niom 15 storo ia nikto in nehr ani t ist ligu a nikto sa po om u ani nebude pok a jeho v kon zopakova Nap sal najsk r 1300 stranov biografiu mu a, ktor postavil infra trukt ru v New Yorku, ktor je hlbokou t diou toho, ako funguje moc, a teraz posledn ch vy e 40 rokov p e biografiu Lyndona Johnsona, moment lne dokon uje piaty z p vodne pl novan ch troch dielov V vode tejto kratu kej knihy 240 str n sa dozviete, e po dokon en Johnsona by ve mi chcel nap sa svoju vlastn autobiografiu, ale vie po ta a ch pe, e pravdepodobne sk r umrie, ako sa mu to podar Tak zozbieral p r svojich postrehov, mnoh u predt m publikovan , o tom, ako sa p e literat ra faktu, ako sa robia novin rske rozhovory a ako sa sk maj dokumenty.Koho zauj ma p sanie, je to povinn literat ra, hoci plne v etci ostatn autori na svete si v porovnan s Carom bud nevyhnutne pripada ako povrchn lajd ci Caro ke sa mu zd , e respondenta plne nech pe, nesp ta sa ho znova, ale na 3 roky sa pres ahuje do jeho okresu, aby lep ie nasal atmosf ru A tak alej.V etci ostatn knihu m u bra ako trailer alebo reklamu na dve Carove ivotn diela, ur ite budete ma chu aj ke m lokto odvahu si ich po tomto pre ta. What this does, than anything, is make you appreciate the craft that Caro puts into his work Most of these essays, interviews, and passages were printed elsewhere and have been collected into this short volume Some are original to the book, though He is also driven by a force which he isn t even able to identify to flesh out the lives, locales, and intricacies surrounding his subjects Caro has written five biographies, not including this slim volume Four are about Lyndon Johnson he s working on the fifth and the first about Robert Moses With each he extensively researches, interviews, travels, and sometimes lives around the people that influenced his subjects He is dogged, untiring, and he has a very understanding wife In this, you learn about his process, which is defined most simply by some advice he received as a young reporter, turn every page As much as Caro and his research assistant that same understanding wife are able to, he sticks to this advice He also writes in longhand, then typewriter, he outlines extensively LBJ s book five has a 27 page outline , has notebooks for each book chapter, and walks to work every morning dressed in a suit and tie to prove to himself that, though he doesn t have deadlines, he is going to work When he interviews, asks the same question over and over, over several interviews, until new details emerge What did you see What did you hear He also remembers to be silent, to let the silence grow, so his interviewee fills that silence with information When he struggles to stay quiet, he writes in his reporter s notebook SU for shut up I m not sure much of this is helpful to the average writer, but it does illuminate the man than one would expect We find that as driven as his two subjects are, he is just as driven, by what To illuminate political power, to teach us how it works, to expose the pieces so that we become better informed Also to appreciate that, however destructive political genius can be displacing half a million low income people in New York City, Vietnam , it can also build civil rights, highways, parks, healthcare, etc As someone who has not read Caro s biographies, I enjoyed this book It makes me want to read what he s put his life s efforts into It is a bit repetitive in some places, likely due to it being piecemeal interviews, articles, essays, etc., but it is worth a look Select quotes The we understand the realities of the political process, the better informed our votes will be And then, presumably, in some very diffuse, very inchoate way, the better our country will be Really, my books are an examination of what power does to people What power always does is reveal In my defense while I am aware that there is no Truth, no objective truth, no single truth, no truth simple or unsimple, either.there are Facts, objective facts, discernible and verifiable And the facts you accumulate, the close you come to whatever truth there is. 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 and do it right He tells of hours in the archives, reading other people s work, newspaper articles, diaries and letters He also tells of traveling around doing interviews with people He spent years doing the research, gathering material, organizing it and then analyzing it The last thing he does is the writing.A lot of the information in this book can be found in his book On Power and in his other essays, etc I think he put together a collection of his shorter essays that discuss his writing and research methods and stuck them into this book For those of us who have read most of his writings, this is all old material except for some pearls provided about research I am tempted to give this only three stars but because it is Caro, I will give it four stars.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is seven hours and fifty five minutes Caro narrated the book It is great to hear him tell about what he does. For Caro, this is a remarkably thin book He said he wrote it to get down few thoughts on his researching and writing process before he died The truth is, about half the book is made up of previously published magazine articles, many of which themselves trod over territory from his books, and much of the remainder was just published in a New Yorker article I imagine the impetus for the book might have been financial.Still, Caro is a wonderful writer, and it s fascinating to get a glimpse of his work habits He explains his inner compulsion, and it is a real compulsion, to research every possible question and angle before writing He explains his habits of interviewing the same people numerous times, and constantly pushing them to tell him what you saw and what you heard, so he can provide a real lived experience of historic moments to the reader He explains how he would walk the same path as Lyndon Johnson would walk to work as a young congressional aide, but he could never understand why Johnson would break into a run starting at the Capitol Then, he decided to do the walk at daybreak, the same time Johnson would have done it, and he saw that the entire East Side of the Capitol was covered with a marvelous light, reflecting off the marble and almost burning anyone who stood near it Even though Caro eschews psychohistory, he said he now began to understand what Johnson was feeling at those moments He also explains to the reader great moments in serendipitous discoveries, such as when the sister and best friend of Lyndon Johnson s most beloved mistress, Alice Marsh, came to tell him that We ve read the Power Broker, so we know you re going to find out about Alice, even though he had no clue who she was Yet Alice Marsh turned out to be crucial to understanding Johnson s changing political and personal habits, down to his professional and elegant clothing, in the 1940s and 50s.For non Caro fanatics, this book is probably too detailed and abstruse For true believers, among whom I include myself, it walks over too much old territory Yet, for true believers, almost anything he writes has enough nuggets of wisdom and truth to be worth the price of admission This book is no exception.