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'One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer’ (Sunday Times) offers a riveting account of his working life and the art and craft of non-fiction

Robert A. Caro, 'one of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer’ (Sunday Times), is one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, whose biographies are widely considered to be masterpieces.

In Working he offers a captivating account of his life as a writer, describing the sometimes staggering lengths to which he has gone in order to produce his books and offering priceless insights into the art and craft of non-fiction writing.

Anyone interested in investigative journalism and the pursuit of truth, in the writer’s process and the creation of literature, in the art of interviewing or simply the psychology of excellence will find a masterclass in all these subjects within these pages. Readers already familiar with Caro’s work, meanwhile, will be thrilled at the revelations on offer, including how he discovered the fiercely guarded secrets of his subjects, how he constructed the pivotal scenes in his books and the fullest description yet of his forthcoming final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

Including several of Caro’s most famous speeches and interviews alongside the new material, Working is the self-portrait of a man who knows the meaning and importance of great story-telling. It is, like all his books, an utterly riveting example of that too.

Reviews

One of the greatest non-fiction works ever written

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, on The Power Broker

Irresistibly readable, an outright masterpiece

David Sexton, Evening Standard, on The Power Broker

A stupendous achievement … Caro’s style is gripping, indeed hypnotic, and he squeezes every ounce of drama from his remarkable story

Vernon Bogdanor, Independent, on The Power Broker

I think about Robert Caro and reading The Power Broker back when I was twenty-two years old and just being mesmerized

Barack Obama on The Power Broker

A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor … It showcases Mr Caro’s masterly gifts as a writer

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, on The Years of Lyndon Johnson

My book of the year, by a landslide majority … The adjective ‘Shakespearean’ is overused and mostly undeserved but not in this case

Robert Harris, Guardian, on The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Regarded by many as the greatest political biography of the modern era

The Times on The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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Formats & editions

  • Working
    Robert A. Caro

    Hardback

    9781847926050

    April 16, 2019

    Bodley Head

    240 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • Working
    Robert A. Caro

    EBook

    9781473572416

    April 25, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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