1.) The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 2: Means of Ascent
by Robert Caro
This book was another reminder of Caro's genius, vision and writing ability. He is quite easily the best living political biographer...and I hesitate to even call him a biographer, as his scope is much more broad. Caro analyzes the nature of political power and how certain personalities bend it to their will. This volume dealt with his early years in the House, his rapid/ingenious consolidation of power in the DCCC, and most of all the 1948 Senate election, which is one of the most infamous elections in American history. While reading this, I tried to remember that Caro was the first person to really describe how Johnson stole the election. Honestly, it felt as if I was reading a fictional thriller. Absolutely, absolutely riveting. 5 out of 5 stars!