The fourth volume in Robert Caro’s projected five volume LBJ biography (up from three, then up from four) is due to come out next month.
Esquire’s Chris Jones has a great profile of Caro, the improbable history of his masterwork and his meticulous writing process.
If you haven’t read The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1), Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2), or Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3), I heartily recommend them.
It’s hard to imagine that such a massive, slavishly researched, heavily detailed biography of ANY American president could be a riveting page-turner, much less one about a president like Johnson, who is barely a blip in our public consciousness. But riveting page-turners they are.