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Volume 2 of Robert Caro's L. B. J. Biography.

Pulitzer prize winning biographer Robert A. Caro on Lyndon Baines Johnson. The book focused on Johnson's early years. The Boston Sunday Globe called it, "a powerful, absorbing, at times awe-inspiring, and often deeply alarming story." In the just-published second volume, "Means of Ascent," Caro examines seven years of Johnson's life, from 1941 to 1948. "Time" magazine calls the book, a "white-knuckle, hair raising tale." The book begins with Johnson's election defeat for the Senate and concludes with his successful race for the Senate seat in 1948, an election Johnson was purported to have "stolen." ("The Path to Power," and "Means of Ascent" are published by Knopf).

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Other segments from the episode on March 20, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 20, 1990: Interview with Robert A. Caro; Commentary on Vietnam protest songs; Interview with Vitaly Komar and Aleksandr Melamid; Review of David McLellan's biography…

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