Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana

Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana

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by Leo Honeycutt
     
 

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Edwin Edwards: The controversy and the facts
Profiled more times by 60 Minutes than any other governor in history, Edwin Edwards did not run from controversy, he embraced it. The quickest mind in politics, drafted once to run for president, elected governor four times, and friend of nearly every president since John Kennedy, as Louisiana’s fortunes dropped

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Edwin Edwards: The controversy and the facts
Profiled more times by 60 Minutes than any other governor in history, Edwin Edwards did not run from controversy, he embraced it. The quickest mind in politics, drafted once to run for president, elected governor four times, and friend of nearly every president since John Kennedy, as Louisiana’s fortunes dropped, however, so did those of the Cajun Prince. Author Leo Honeycutt has painstakingly recreated the Edwards years and especially his 2000 trial. Was Edwards guilty of corruption or merely arrogance? Honeycutt clears the air with facts, only to expose what really changed Louisiana and is changing America.

“Leo Honeycutt teaches us more about the most stunningly powerful Louisiana politician of our time. Engaging, well-written, captivating –you won’t put it down.”

—Dr. Wayne Parent, LSU Political Science

“We always knew Edwin would dance with the law but thought he’d outsmart them. Honeycutt tells us we were wrong, after intense research added to the words of an elegant white-haired prisoner.”

—Earl Casey, CNN Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011817106
Publisher:
W2G Publishing
Publication date:
10/04/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,090,881
File size:
705 KB

Meet the Author

My first impressions of Governor Edwin Edwards were contradictions. I didn’t like him but I loved being around him. He stood for so much of what I was against, arrogance, gambling, womanizing, shady dealing, an undercurrent of ruthlessness that seems to define politics at a high level. I know now that in a world of far more needs than solutions, short term politics is a thankless job with few winners. I had to look long term, however, to understand the riddle of Edwin Edwards, back across fifty some odd years of public service. When former Louisiana Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner and Senator Jim Brown called me in 2004 to suggest I consider writing Edwin Edwards’ biography, I scoffed, “I really don’t care to.” Then it hit me that I, too, was arrogant and remembered that Governor Edwards usually treated me kindly from the day I met him in 1973. A freshman at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), I was assigned to photograph the new governor and his wife, First Lady Elaine Edwards, at the dedication of the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center. I was astounded how much taller I was than he, yet when he walked into a room, there was no doubt who was in charge. He was funny, too, peeling off jokes one after another. Chief photographer Billy Heckford and I had so much fun we shadowed the couple through that night’s football game, shooting hundreds of photos we would never use. As a 1970s cub reporter for KNOE Television in Monroe, I usually interviewed the Governor on the run with a CP-16 film camera on my right shoulder and a microphone in my left hand. He answered questions I didn’t ask while I fumbled with framing and audio levels. Then he would turn to aides and associates and say, “This is what we need to do in state government. Leo is the most efficient reporter I know.” The love fest didn’t last long. I personally liked Governor Dave Treen, methodical and lethargic as he was, and I defended his honor when Edwards wisecracked, “Dave Treen is so slow it takes him an hour-and-a-half to watch 60 Minutes.” Treen was a “good man.” He was, however, an overly cautious administrator trampled beneath the sheer volume of state business. Edwin Edwards flew at high speeds above the minutiae, deftly delegating to qualified staffers while maintaining mental control. But if he was so smart, so brilliant, so intelligent,

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Edwin Edwards 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
lsmithkin More than 1 year ago
An amazing story about Edwin Washington Edwards, who devoted his life to improving the lives of the people of Louisiana, only to be railroaded into prison by the illegal antics of the FBI, U.S. attorneys, and an arrogant federal judge. May they get their just punishment for what they did to this man. The press was also instrumental in molding public opinion against Edwards. The facts tell a different story, but too late.
Lady_Reader More than 1 year ago
Reveals how the feds denied his defense from presenting several things to prove his innocence. It's all in the public record. The feds suffered from sour grapes because he made monkeys out of them the last time they tried to hang something on him. I guess all the murderers are now in jail? Do you feel safe because an 80+-year-old man is in jail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be entertaining, but did not realize how well Leo Honeycutt did in writing this book and writing in a way to keep ones interest. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and not just someone in Louisiana.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am impressed with the Leo Honeycutt wrote this book. Edwin Edwards was truely a colorful man and full of life. I have not finished the book but plan to very soon as it is holding my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do recommend reading this, however it gets a little long winded with some of the stories and I found he jumps from one subject to another..........but still good reading, especially if you are a Louisianan
proudlouisianian More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing. I have read it twice and probaly read it 2 or 3 more times. Leo Honeycutt was very accurate in all of his writing of this book. I will recommend this book to all of my family and friends and plan on giving copies for gifts this Christmas. Everyone in my home enjoyed this book as much as I have. Governor Edwards was and is a truly remarkable man and was a super Governor for our state and it's people. He will always be remembered for the good he has done for all of us. There will always be negativeity from some people but hte majority have nothing but good to speak of Governor Edwards. I also think he was railroaded into prison and did not get a fair and impartial trial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leo did a story on my home, the Bella Rose Mansion in Ponchatoula, LA. He is an excellent reporter and writer. My family is very fond of Governor Edwards. He did many wonderful things for Louisiana. .He was the best Governor the state ever had. I think what the Federal Government did to Governor Edwards was "entrapment." It should be looked into again and the governor should be exonerated. RT James
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CONFUSED61 More than 1 year ago
When I tried to order this book I was informed that you didn't have it in stock. And the order was cancelled by You/B&N. I was never informed that it was back in stock and now you're asking me to write a review?!!! I am confused.....................