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Kingfish

Huey Long
Author: Richard D. White, Jr.
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307535762
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From the moment he took office as governor in 1928 to the day an assassin’s bullet cut him down in 1935, Huey Long wielded all but dictatorial control over the state of Louisiana. A man of shameless ambition and ruthless vindictiveness, Long orchestrated elections, hired and fired thousands at will, and deployed the state militia as his personal police force. And yet, paradoxically, as governor and later as senator, Long did more good for the state’s poor and uneducated than any politician before or since. Outrageous demagogue or charismatic visionary? In this powerful new biography, Richard D. White, Jr., brings Huey Long to life in all his blazing, controversial glory. White taps invaluable new source material to present a fresh, vivid portrait of both the man and the Depression era that catapulted him to fame. From his boyhood in dirt-poor Winn Parish, Long knew he was destined for power–the problem was how to get it fast enough to satisfy his insatiable appetite. With cunning and crudity unheard of in Louisiana politics, Long crushed his opponents in the 1928 gubernatorial race, then immediately set about tightening his iron grip. The press attacked him viciously, the oil companies howled for his blood after he pushed through a controversial oil processing tax, but Long had the adulation of the people. In 1930, the Kingfish got himself elected senator, and then there was no stopping him. White’s account of Long’s heyday unfolds with the mesmerizing intensity of a movie. Pegged by President Roosevelt as “one of the two most dangerous men in the country,” Long organized a radical movement to redistribute money through his Share Our Wealth Society–and his gospel of pensions for all, a shorter workweek, and free college spread like wildfire. The Louisiana poor already worshiped him for building thousands of miles of roads and funding schools, hospitals, and universities; his outrageous antics on the Senate floor gained him a growing national base. By 1935, despite a barrage of corruption investigations, Huey Long announced that he was running for president. In the end, Long was a tragic hero–a power addict who squandered his genius and came close to destroying the very foundation of democratic rule. Kingfish is a balanced, lucid, and absolutely spellbinding portrait of the life and times of the most incendiary figure in the history of American politics.
Kingfish
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Richard D. White, Jr.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-03-25 - Publisher: Random House
From the moment he took office as governor in 1928 to the day an assassin’s bullet cut him down in 1935, Huey Long wielded all but dictatorial control over the state of Louisiana. A man of shameless ambition and ruthless vindictiveness, Long orchestrated elections, hired and fired thousands at will,
Huey Long
Language: en
Pages: 884
Authors: Thomas Harry Williams
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1981 - Publisher: Vintage
A detailed biography of the red-neck politician who became a national demagogue in the twenties and thirties and almost reached the White House
Every Man A King
Language: en
Pages: 412
Authors: Huey P. Long
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-08-01 - Publisher: Hachette UK
Huey Long (1893-1935) was one of the most extraordinary American politicians, simultaneously cursed as a dictator and applauded as a benefactor of the masses. A product of the poor north Louisiana hills, he was elected governor of Louisiana in 1928, and proceeded to subjugate the powerful state political hierarchy after
The Kingfish
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Thomas O. Harris
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher: Pelican Publishing
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Huey Long's Louisiana Hayride
Language: en
Pages: 471
Authors: Harnett Thomas Kane
Categories: Louisiana
Type: BOOK - Published: 1971 - Publisher: Pelican Publishing
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Huey P. Long's Campaign Against Impeachment
Language: en
Pages: 186
Authors: Jacqueline Todd
Categories: Louisiana
Type: BOOK - Published: 1952 - Publisher:
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Favorite Huey Long Stories
Language: en
Pages: 116
Authors: Hugh Mercer Blain
Categories: Louisiana
Type: BOOK - Published: 1937 - Publisher:
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Persuasion in the Power of Huey Long
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Frederick W. Haberman
Categories: Louisiana
Type: BOOK - Published: 1935 - Publisher:
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Huey P. Long A Summary Of Greatness, Political Genius, American Martyr
Language: en
Pages: 88
Authors: Gerald Smith
Categories: Louisiana
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-08 - Publisher: Lulu.com
This book has been prepared for the benefit of people who want the real truth concerning Huey P. Long, which truth has been kept from the public by authors, journalists, and historians. No book on the life of Huey Long has been accurate. All books that have been published concerning
Huey Long
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Huey Pierce Long
Categories: African Americans
Type: BOOK - Published: 1970 - Publisher: Prentice Hall
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