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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

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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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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 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 eually 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 explicitThis uote 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


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 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 a

  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 time and do it right He tells of hours in the archives reading other peop

  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 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 un

  4. says:

    Lately a daily ritual for me is to offer a simple silent supplication or prayer for two people of advanced age

  5. says:

    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 historian

  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 book is scattered and not as elegant but all the additional information is eually fascinating and a real tease f

  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 personal aspects that drove the man to shape such change While the book was massive Caro’

  8. says:

    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

  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 comp

  10. says:

    Thoughts soon