Robert A. Caro is one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, whose landmark biographies are widely hailed as masterpieces.
This is the captivating account of his life as a writer, describing the sometimes staggering lengths to which he has gone in order to produce his books and offering priceless insights into the craft of non-fiction writing, be it the pursuit of truth, the writer's process, the art of interviewing or the creation of literature.
Including several of Caro's most famous speeches and interviews as well as new material, this is the self-portrait of a man who knows the meaning and importance of great story-telling - and, like all his books, is an utterly riveting example of that too.
Robert A. Caro's first book, The Power Broker, published in 1974, was described in 2015 as 'one of the greatest non-fiction works ever written' (Sunday Times). His ongoing multi-volume work The Years of Lyndon Johnson has been described as 'the greatest biography of our era' (The Times). With these books he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, twice won the National Book Award and three times won the National Book Critic's Circle Award. He has also been awarded virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in the United States. Born in 1935, he graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was an investigative reporter for Newsday for six years. He lives with his wife, the writer Ina Caro, in New York City, where he is at work on the fifth and final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.
A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor ... It showcases Mr Caro's masterly gifts as a writer -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, on The Years of Lyndon Johnson I think about Robert Caro and reading The Power Broker back when I was twenty-two years old and just being mesmerized -- Barack Obama on The Power Broker A stupendous achievement ... Caro's style is gripping, indeed hypnotic, and he squeezes every ounce of drama from his remarkable story -- Vernon Bogdanor, Independent, on The Power Broker Irresistibly readable, an outright masterpiece -- David Sexton, Evening Standard, on The Power Broker One of the greatest non-fiction works ever written -- Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, on The Power Broker