Caros first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974), everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century, and by TIME magazine as one of the hundred top nonfiction books of all time. It is, according to David Halberstam, Surely the greatest book ever written about a city. And The New York Times Book Review said: In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort.
The first volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (1983), was cited by The Washington Post as proof that we live in a great age of biography . . . [a book] of radiant excellence . . . Caros evocation of the Texas Hill Country, his elaboration of Johnsons unsleeping ambition, his understanding of how politics actually work, are let it be said flat out at the summit of American historical writing. Professor Henry F. Graff of Columbia University called the second volume, Means of Ascent (1990), brilliant. No review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born. The London Times hailed volume three, Master of the Senate (2002), as a masterpiece . . . Robert Caro has written one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age. The Passage of Power (2012), volume four, is Shakespearean A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor (The New York Times) and as absorbing as a political thriller By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history (NPR). And on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, President Bill Clinton praised it as Brilliant . . . Important . . .Remarkable. With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.
Caro has a unique place among American political biographers, according to The Boston Globe. He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured. And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: Caro has changed the art of political biography.