40 books — 33 voters
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Wallace: The Classic Portrait of Alabama Governor George Wallace” as Want to Read:
Wallace: The Classic Portrait of Alabama Governor George Wallace
A deeper look at the bigger than life person of Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 1996 by Random House
(first published August 1st 1968)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Washington Post's Best Political Nonfiction 2010
Oxford American: The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time
79 books — 16 voters
More lists with this book...
(4.5) Marshall Frady's stream-of-consciousness writing style isn't what I normally go for but it works here because of the subject. Reading this book is like trying to hold on to something inside the vortex of a tornado. Here the tornado is the person, personality, and political powerhouse that was George Wallace. Rather than do a birth/life/politics/death narrative, Frady jumps all over wherever it is convenient, from the man's friends to his enemies, in showing how he rose to power and steadil ...more
The title is an understatement. I've read lots of biographies of politicians. This one is the best. It is entirely riveting and insightful from start to finish, with a conclusion so powerful that you'll think it's a Hollywood script or Shakespearean tragedy. Marshall Frady was one of our greatest writers. Don't miss his work.
A native of South Carolina, Marshall Frady was a journalist for more than twenty-five years, writing for Newsweek, Life, Harper's, Esquire, The New York Review of Books, The Sunday Times of London, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He was a correspondent on Nightline; chief writer and host of ABC News' Closeup, for which he won two Emmys and the duPont-Columbia Award; and the author of six books.More about Marshall Frady...