Wayne's Reviews > Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long

Kingfish by Richard D. White Jr.
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Sep 11, 2007

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

Karl Rove wa a piker compared to Huey Long. The Kingfish's ability to manipulate and dominate Louisiana for years remains one of the most entertaining and horrifying stories of American history.

Lots of echoes of the strong arm, loyalty-first political tactics we hear about in the news today, although Long had a tongue and wit that could shred his victims before they knew they were bleeding -- a far cry from the dull cudgel that our current president deploys when he opens his mouth.

My chief disappointment was the author's inability to harness the narrative and make it gallop. Long's life just plods along in this book -- which is something of a feat, and not in a good way.
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