In this "masterpiece of American biography" (New York Times), Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.
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"A brilliant, bawdy, unforgettable picture of the most colorful as well as the most dangerous man to engage in American politics." (The Washington Post)
Something about myself...happy now?
Long can be easily called the father of the OWS movement. It's somewhat surprising that his name doesn't come up more often. His methods, though, raise thorny questions about how far one can push ethical boundaries to achieve fairness for all. Say what you will about the man, he had the courage of his convictions lacking in politics today. To stand up to Roosevelt because his agenda wasn't radical enough, that took, let's say, testicular fortitude.
The greatest praise I can give this book is that I finished at 32hr book in 10 days which is pretty much a record for me.
The only carp I have - Wiener's accents border on offensively clownish at times. I got used to the Cajun drawls but the Black and Hispanic made me wince.
Hard to believe Louisiana was a separate dictatorship less than 100 years ago. Cloaked by Long's ego was an incredibly brilliant man and politician. Narration was superb.
Great, captivating book, except for the narration! The guy who read The book should not even attempt to do a southern accent. If you can ignore that, this is a great book.
Aside from an overall excellent reading, Weiner hits some fairly specific accents very well. I'll excuse him for a few mispronunciations of difficult Louisiana towns and other names. I would actually consider listening to another audiobook just because Tom Weiner recorded it.
This is the book if you want to really delve into the life of Huey Long. If you're looking to learn the basic story without as much detail, though still a well written book, try "Kingfish" by Richard D. White, Jr.
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