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Long time MillersTime readers may remember that author Robert Caro is one of my favorite biographers. His first book, The Power Broker — about Robert Moses but really about NY and about how power really works — won a Pulitzer Prize for biography. He won a second Pulitzer for his Master of the Senate, the third volume in his five volume The Years of Lyndon Johnson. And he’s won virtually every other prize available to historians and biographers.
If you know of Robert Caro and his work, or even if you don’t, treat yourself to this recent interview with him in the Paris Review. It captures how he approaches his subject(s), and you will understand why his work is so powerful and so mesmerizing.
Robert Caro, The Art of Biography, No. 5, the Paris Review, by James Santel, Issue 216, Spring 2016