As readers of this blog can probably tell, I have a historian’s affection for Robert Caro. He’s important not only because of the depth of his work, but because of the timely relevance of his studies in power. For those unfamiliar with Caro’s work, he is most famous for his biography of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Released on May 1st, The Passage of Power, is the fourth volume in his The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Caro’s work is known for detailed research, lengthy texts, and unsurpassed storytelling. Caro’s work is important for both the historian and the general public because he takes on the nature of power. He explores the nuance of obtaining, exercise, and impact of power on both individuals and society.
Excellent video from PBS Newshour last night. Professor Delbanco of Columbia University hits the nail on the head.