“Excels in showing readers how Long was both a dynamo and a character as he bulled his way toward the pinnacle of power.”
“Provides us with a primer on Huey Long, one that will attract the casual reader, while still contributing to the growing library of scholarship on the Kingfish.”
Few politicians, other than presidents, have enjoyed as much extensive public attention as did Huey Pierce Long. So great was his persona that even now, generations after his death, he is well remembered, not only for his work, but also for the personality that reshaped Louisiana’s political history.
Images from Huey Long’s early life show a serious, well-groomed young man setting off to earn a living from among the state’s poorer constituents. His political fortunes continued to grow, beginning with completing a three-year law-school program at Tulane in only two years, eventually culminating in his embrace of the entire state with his policies that gave him the public support to win a seat in the United States Senate.
Long became a national celebrity before he was a national political figure. Images from the time of his rise to power show him engaged in all kinds of activities, including, of course, stump speeches, but also singing, demonstrating the best way to consume potlikker, and smiling in the company of politicians and constituents. Editorial cartoonists from the beginning of Long’s career to the end, had a field day with Long’s flamboyance and his “every man a king” policies. Huey Long: His Life in Photos, Drawings, and Cartoons is the scrapbook of an all-American man from rags to riches and of his sudden, sad end.