Chronicling his meteoric rise to power and allegations of corruption, Thomas O. Harris’s The Kingfish
tells of Huey P. Long’s many social reforms, which endeared him to the rural poor and made him an enemy of big business.
Long was a man who, through hard work and perseverance, surpassed all boundaries previously aligned with American politicians. Harris very vividly points out the overall danger of Long’s politics and his underlying selfish motives. He calls Long a dictator and a threat to the American political system but finds it hard to deny the many reasons for Long’s immense popularity within Louisiana.