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Kingfish Kingfish

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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 shamelessambition and ruthless vindictiveness, Long orchestrated elections, hired and fired thousands at will, and deployed the state militia as his personal police force. And yet, parad...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 25th 2009 by Random House Trade (first published January 1st 2009)
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I'm not much of a non-fiction reader, and only picked this up because my son checked it out from the library. The writer's style is very engaging. He manages to keep the narrative drive lively and interesting, despite the many names and details presented throughout.
I knew little about Huey Long before reading this. Now I feel at least my knowledge is adequate. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the history of Louisiana politics or in Huey Long himself. And guess what? Huey Long was...more
This guy really was a character. He seemed to be blessed with the ability to p. a lot of people off, and inspired loyalty, too. Someone upstairs must have tapped him on the shoulder when he was born and said "You are born to be a politician." The author details the feuds he had and the crazy things he did fairly well. Maybe there are longer bios about Huey Long out there. This was not a bad 'short' one.
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