Robert Caro

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Robert Caro
Robert Caro at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Robert Allan Caro

(1935-10-30) October 30, 1935 (age 87)
Notable work
The Power Broker
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Ina Sloshberg (m. 1957)
Writing career

Robert Allan Caro (born October 30, 1935) is an American journalist and author. He is known for his biographies of United States political figures Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Famous works[change | change source]

Caro wrote The Power Broker (1974), a biography of New York urban planner Robert Moses.[5] Iy was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century.[6] He has since written four of a planned five volumes of The Years of Lyndon Johnson (1982, 1990, 2002, 2012), a biography of the former president.

Awards[change | change source]

He has won two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography, two National Book Awards (including one for Lifetime Achievement), the Francis Parkman Prize, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the H.L. Mencken Award, the Carr P. Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, the D.B. Hardeman Prize, and a Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 2010 President Barack Obama awarded Caro the National Humanities Medal.

Legacy[change | change source]

Caro's reputation for extreme research and detailed biographies,[7] he is sometimes called by reviewers of other writers who are called "Caro-esque" for their own extensive research.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Paris Review - Robert Caro, The Art of Biography No. 5
  2. "Marquis Biographies Online". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  3. Princeton Alumni Weekly. princeton alumni weekly. 1967.
  4. Leland, John (May 4, 2012). "Rising Early, With a New Sentence in Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  5. Boeing, G. (2017). "We Live in a Motorized Civilization: Robert Moses Replies to Robert Caro". SSRN: 1–13. arXiv:2104.06179. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2934079. S2CID 164717606. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  6. 100 Best Nonfiction —Modern Library
  7. Charles McGrath (April 12, 2012). "Robert Caro's Big Dig". The New York Times.
  8. Alex Shephard, Theodore Ross (December 1, 2016). ""There's No Check on Trump Except Reality": A Q&A with Wayne Barrett". New Republic.
  9. Buckley, Christopher (2014). But Enough About You: Essays. Simon & Schuster. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4767-4952-5.

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