With the skills of a researcher, and the descriptive talents of a storyteller, Boulard keeps the history interesting, the story moving, and the passages colorful.
A detailed account of how and why the conservative populist governor of Louisiana ordered the city occupied by 3,000 militiamen. Particularly investigates whether the move was a sound political strategy for becoming US president or a reckless personal vendetta against New Orleans politicians. Draws heavily on interviews. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A free-lance writer, Boulard has written on the political, economic, and social life of Louisiana and New Orleans for many publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor.