Presidential Lecture Robert Caro
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The author of highly admired biographies on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, American journalist Robert Caro is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
This lecture is free of charge. There are no tickets nor registrations needed.
February 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Allen Chapman Activity Center
In preparation for his first book The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974), Caro spent seven years researching and talking with hundreds of people connected to New York City political powerhouse Robert Moses. The book revealed how Moses was a key player in the development and decline of New York City's physical structure and political system. Acclaimed today as a modern classic, The Power Broker was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century.
After the release of The Power Broker, Caro and his wife moved from New York City to the Texas Hill Country and later to Washington, D.C., to trace the path of America's 36th president and write The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Documented in four volumes, The Path to Power (1990), Means of Ascent (1991), Master of the Senate (2003) and The Passage to Power (2012), Caro's series has been touted as one of the great political biographies of the modern age.
Caro has received two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography and also earned two National Book Critics Circle Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. Other accolades include the National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.
Caro is a graduate of Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He resides in New York City with his wife, Ina, a historian and writer.