“If you think historians are dull . . . you need to read Boulard. . . . A brilliant history written with the verve and style most authors can only envy, Huey Long Invades New Orleans is a treat.”
—Dr. Michael Thomason, managing editor Gulf Coast Historical Review
By 1934, the senator from Louisiana stood on the precipice of national power. His Share the Wealth club had made him a national figure. He set his sights on the presidency. One thing stood in his way—New Orleans. If Huey P. Long wanted to be considered a legitimate candidate for the presidency, he needed the support of the entire state.
Or did he? The emotional, volatile Long despised the prim and proper politicians in New Orleans. They, in turn, regarded him as a thug. Their mutual animosity was palpable, and the powder keg finally exploded when Long ordered 3,000 militiamen into New Orleans. Was his decision a sound political strategy or a reckless personal vendetta?
In his meticulous search for the answer, Garry Boulard interviewed more than two dozen people involved with Long and the conflict. He also unearthed never-before-published photos that complement his dramatic narrative. The result is an in-depth examination of the Kingfish and his attack on the city that dared oppose him.
About the Author
A free-lance writer, Garry Boulard has written on the political, economic, and social life of Louisiana and New Orleans for many publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. He is also the author of Huey Long: His Life in Photos, Drawings, and Cartoons and The Big Lie: Hale Boggs, Lucille May Grace, and Leander Perez, both published by Pelican.
HUEY LONG INVADES NEW ORLEANS:
The Siege of a City, 1934-36
By Garry Boulard
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
280 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
24 photos Notes Index
ISBN: 9781565543034 pb original