Posts tagged Robert Caro

Congratulations to Robert Caro, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Passage of Power (reporting via NPR).
When Matt Groening & the nice folks who work on The Simpsons send thank you notes to Robert Caro, everyone wins. 

When Matt Groening & the nice folks who work on The Simpsons send thank you notes to Robert Caro, everyone wins. 

Congratulations to all authors honored as Finalists for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Book Prize!
Self-Serving Highlights: 
Robert Caro / The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Karen Elliot House / On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines — and Future
Amy S. Greenberg / A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico 
Nick Harkaway / Angelmaker 
Maggie Shipstead / Seating Arrangements

The New York Times notable books long list popped up today, featuring some of our favorite non-fiction from 2012

Kurt Vonnegut Interviews Robert Caro

  • Vonnegut: My daughter Lily complains because I talk too much, and that’s because I’m an actor and I’m trying out lines and it’s much better to say them out loud to hear what they sound like, but you have real people. Do you talk to yourself?
  • Caro: I do, yes. I do, but I don’t do dialogue. I read my paragraphs out loud to hear myself the rhythm. To me rhythm is very important, and the only way I really hear the rhythm is by reading.
  • Vonnegut: I would do the same thing with commencement speeches, I want them to be shapely and to be fun possibly for an actor to say. Where’d you go to college?
  • Caro: Princeton.
  • Vonnegut: I’ve heard of it.
Andy Sturdevant, who waited outside Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis last week to buy Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power.

Andy Sturdevant, who waited outside Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis last week to buy Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power.

Robert Caro writes—and writes and writes—about LBJ in the ‘The Passage of Power’

Robert Caro writes—and writes and writes—about LBJ in the ‘The Passage of Power

millionsmillions:

“These books are epically, at times even comically, overlong, and yet they are also, quite literally, epic in ambition and achievement. Caro is clearly trying to write the epic poem of The American Century, with tall, jug-eared, foul-mouthed LBJ as his flawed tragic hero.”
-Michael Bourne reviews Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power

OK, so the entire LBJ biography as of now probably weighs several pounds. But we’re talking several pounds of magisterial writing!

millionsmillions:

These books are epically, at times even comically, overlong, and yet they are also, quite literally, epic in ambition and achievement. Caro is clearly trying to write the epic poem of The American Century, with tall, jug-eared, foul-mouthed LBJ as his flawed tragic hero.”

-Michael Bourne reviews Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power

OK, so the entire LBJ biography as of now probably weighs several pounds. But we’re talking several pounds of magisterial writing!

President Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review.

President Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review.