Robert Mann is the author of three books on the U.S. Senate, including The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights. He was state director for former U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate By Robert A. Caro. Alfred A. Knopf, 1,040 pages, $35.00
The year 1952 was a potentially dangerous one for the NATO alliance. Western European nations were fearful of Soviet aggression and their leaders were hoping for strong assurances that the United States remained committed to their security.