Books: The Making of a President

THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON: THE PATH TO POWER by Robert A. Caro; Knopf; 882 pages; $19.95

Even before it was published, this book, like so much else about Lyndon Johnson, was making people angry. Robert A. Caro, whose awesomely detailed, 1,246-page biography of Builder-Bureaucrat Robert Moses, The Power Broker, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, has been toiling for seven years on a three-part study of the 36th President. Excerpts from the first volume, which takes Johnson from his hardscrabble beginnings up to his World War II service, began appearing a year...

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