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Ich 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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Working by Robert A. Caro

Aration 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 wh. 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 seriesCaro 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 notIn 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 improveI 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 freuently 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

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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 exhil. 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


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 everyhin

  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 ti

  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

  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 finishing the fifth and final book in his series The Years of Lyndon John

  5. says:

    Working by Robert Caro is a riveting book that basically highlights his career of bringing us no less than two Pulitzer pr

  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 narrative alternate version seamlessly combining information from many of the brief essays into one continuous story The

  7. says:

    Having discovered the wonders of Robert A Caro a number of years ago I vowed that I would read all that he had written Beginning with his work on Robert Moses I was pulled into the intricate world of a biography that sought not only to explore the world of this powerful urban planner within New York State’s political realm but also the pers

  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

  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

  10. says:

    Thoughts soon

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