Jeanne TrinerPart of the Makers of America series, this insightful look at the political life and motivations of Huey Long is the first treatment of this subject targeted to a young adult audience. As with the other volumes in the series, the book begins with a dramatic hook, in this case the assassination, then proceeds to analyze the key events in Long's life, putting his beliefs and political contributions in the context of the time in which he lived. LeVert is especially skillful at illustrating that even when motivations are suspect and methods corrupt, the resulting ideology can have a tremendous impact on history--whether for better or worse is left to the reader to decide. Her factual, unbiased look at the inner workings of government leaves one both fascinated and frightened. It might be difficult to attract teens to this unconventional topic, especially given the spare use of photos, but a thoughtful reader will be well rewarded. Bibliographic note appended.
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