Robert A. Caro Biography
Robert A. Caro, a graduate of Princeton University, was for six years an
award-winning investigative reporter for Newsday, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
To create The Power Broker, Caro spent seven years tracing and talking
with hundreds of men and women who had worked with, for or against Robert Moses,
and examining mountains of files never before opened to the public. The Power
Broker won both the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the Francis Parkman
Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for the book that
"exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist." It was chosen
as one of the hundred best nonfiction books of the twentieth century.
To research The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Caro and his wife, Ina, moved
from his native New York City to the Texas Hill Country and then to Washington,
D.C., to live in the locales in which Johnson grew up and in which he built,
while still young, his first political machines. He has spent years examining
documents at the Johnson Library in Austin and interviewing men and women
connected with Johnson's life, many of whom had never before been interviewed.
The first volume of the Johnson work, The Path to Power, won the National
Book Critics Circle Award as the best nonfiction work of 1982. The second
volume, Means of Ascent, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for
1990. In preparation for writing Master of the Senate, the third volume,
Caro immersed himself in the world of the United States Senate, spending week
after week in the gallery, in committee rooms, in the Senate Office Building,
and interviewing hundreds of people, from pages and cloakroom clerks to senators
and administrative aides.
Among the numerous other awards Caro has won are the H. L. Mencken Award, the
Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and an Award in
Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
This biography was last updated on 01/19/2010.
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