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What Robert Caro taught me about the individual

I’ve avoided reading the political writer, but he’s right about one thing—biography teaches us that individuals matter

By Philip Collins   January 2016

President Lyndon B. Johnson on the phone in the White House with Dr. William Pickering receiving a report about the Mariner-4 space mission. © CSU Archives/Everett/REX Shutterstock (707399a)


Read Sam Tanenhaus’ review of the previous volume of Caro’s Johnson biography

They have been sitting there, tucked in neatly between Thomas Carlyle’s On Heroes And Hero Worship and EH Carr’s What Is History?,…

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