Huey Longby T. Harry Williams, Thomas Harry Williams
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this work describes the life of one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history. Huey Long was a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the red-neck Southern politico, and yet had become at the time of his assassination a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Presidency. In this "masterpiece of American biography" [New York Times Book Review], Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.
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Meet the Author
T. Harry Williams was born in Vinegar Hill, Illinois, in 1909. He taught at the universities of Wisconsin, Omaha, and West Virginia before becoming Professor of History of Louisiana State University, and was the author of many books on military and political history. The T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History was established at Louisiana State University in 1992.
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I read this book back in the 1970 when I was still in my twenties. I enjoyed this book especially for it candor and it politically inclined Subject: namely Huey Long. Senator, Governor and manipulater. Had he not been assassinated I do believe he would have challenged FDR in the 1936 Presidential election. This is an excellent book and ought to be on every bookshelf in the country.
This is an outstanding biography, primarily political but personal as well (with Long, it was hard to tell where one ended and the other began). Huey was by no means foreordained to greatness; one could see in him the snake-oil salesman from his first days in the business world, seemingly setting himself up for a fall. But fall he did not, and once he entered the realm of politics he had found his true metier. From his 'service' on the Public Service Commission, through his battles with the New Orleans machine, to election campaigns for Governor and Senator, to his 'manupilation' of FDR, the book hums with Huey's sly populism and mastery of the political process. A great read.
This is a particularly well written and researched biography of Huey Long. At times, though, the detail gets in the way of the telling of what is certainly a fascinating 'only in America' type of story. Williams' real advantage is in the way he deals with dissenting opinions - clearly, fairly and accurately - leaving the well informed reader to make his/her own decisions. Perhaps Mr, Williams' review here suffered from my having just read two volumes of Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, in his own way quite similar to the Kingfish, where hundreds and hundreds of pages just fly by without one's noticing. At times, this biography dragged just a bit, and at almost 900 pages, that's something you don't want to happen. All in all, though, quite good.
Huey Long is an indepth look at one of the most colorful politicians in American history. T. Harry Williams not only was an outstanding author but he was a wonderful teacher.