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Outrageous demagogue or charismatic visionary? In this powerful new biography, Richard D. White, Jr., brings Huey Long to life in all his blazing, controversial glory. From the moment he took office as governor in 1928 to the day an assassin's bullet cut him down in 1935, Huey Long wielded all but dictatorial control over the state of Louisiana. A man of shameless ambition and ruthless vindictiveness, Huey orchestrated elections, hired and fired thousands at will, and deployed the state militia as his personal police force. And yet, paradoxically, as governor and later as senator, Huey did more good for the state's poor and uneducated than any politician before or since.

With Kingfish, White has crafted a balanced, lucid, and absolutely spellbinding portrait of the life and times of the most incendiary figure in American politics.

©2006 Richard D. White, Jr. (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"LSU professor White's latest is lively and well researched." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Tom Streeter
  • 04/10/2012

Repetitive

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I got through it and I learned things, but there was a real dichotomy between the more-or-less dry recitation of facts and perfunctory retellings of anecdotes and the more forceful editorializing. The editorial position doesn't bother me -- I suspect I'd reach the same conclusions -- but it's how he arrived at them (abruptly) rather than what he said. Some of the strongest writing was in those editorial chapters, but it was all overview without giving any *life* to the facts that support it. I recently finished two biographies of John Brown and I feel like I have a better understanding of who he was as a person and what he was like to be around than I do this man who lived so much more recently.

It feels like White wrote the summary materials first and then decided to relate the minimal number of facts an anecdotes necessary to support the conclusions. And if that seems like I'm just repeating myself, now you know how it feels to listen to this book.

I'm not a stickler for straight chronological narration by any extent, but another thing that annoyed me was White's tendency to silo threads of events. It seems that one of the remarkable things about Huey Long was his ability to handle more than one thing at a time and keep a lot of balls in the air, but that's lost in his telling of the story. Early chapters talk about things that happened much later in life, but when a later chapter deals with the same era it talks about different events and never makes a connection to (if even an acknowledgement of) the other set of events that must have happened around the same time.

If you don't know anything about Huey Long (and I didn't know much when I started) this is probably an OK overview. But I'm going to look for something with a little more meat.

What does Patrick Cullen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He tried to bring some life to some fairly dry stuff. The only thing I'd point out is that the town of Natchitoches, LA is pronounced "NAC-a-towsh" and not the way it was being pronounced in the reading.

Did Kingfish inspire you to do anything?

I'm going to find another biography of Huey Long

Any additional comments?

Not a wasted credit by any means. Just wished it had been better.

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  • Generale
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  • Arthur
  • 19/01/2012

It can happen here

Very well researched book. I recently read Machiavelli's The Prince; Huey Long took Machiavelli's practices to heart. At a time when the rest of the world was falling to absolute rulers, he ran Louisiana as governer with a iron hand, changing laws and raising taxes as it suited him. When the press railed against him, he started his own newspaper which he had distributed statewide. He also used the Louisiana National Guard as his own private police force. He continued to run the state from Washington DC after being elected to the senate where he was famous for back room deals and for filabustering sometimes for days. What I found most frightening was the fact that he had a viable plan for being elected President possibly in 1936 but more probably 1940. If this had happened, the US would be a different place today.

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  • Generale
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  • John
  • 24/04/2012

Excellenf follow up to All the King's Men!

I listened to this book after All the King's Men by RPW. I wanted to know something about the real model for Willie Stark. I found that truth was stranger than fiction! What an amazing (and dangerous) character. Excellent writing and performance I thought.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Louligan
  • 15/11/2009

Excellent!

This is a very well-researched, informative, and entertaining account. After reading this book about Huey P. Long, I can now see how Hitler managed to take over a Germany while the rest of the world slept. Long accomplished pretty much the same thing in what was supposed to be a democracy. His outrageous, oppressive, illegal activities will make you sick to your stomach after only about 3 hours. Overall, he may have done a lot for the people of Louisiana but his contributions were mainly self-serving and left out a large portion of the state's population - African-Americans, many of whom were free landowning people long before the Civil War. This country allowed him to run ramshod over everyone and everything, both in Louisiana and in the US Senate. His "reign" was more like a dictatorship. All of which makes him a lot like Hitler in the long run. I wondered what took so long for Long to be shot to death - this book really could have been over in about 30 minutes! Not a political assassination - more like justifiable homicide. Richard D. White, Jr. expertly captures the life of man who was out of control. Well worth the price of admission.

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  • Generale
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  • FarmBoy
  • 19/04/2021

Decent but undistinguished


This is a decent overview of Huey Long’s life, but one that is well larded with the whats and hows of it and only rarely sprinkled with the whys. I read it on the heels of having completed the last volume of Robert Caro’s work on LBJ. The contrast couldn’t be more stark. In short, a Cliff’s Notes version of Huey long‘s life, but not terribly illuminating. The audiobook version is likewise undistinguished. The narrator has a strange cadence that often seems robotic. Sentence emphases are frequently misplaced, words sometimes mispronounced. Again, compared to Grover Gardner‘s masterful reading of Caro, it is pedestrian.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Allen W. Ward
  • 16/04/2021

Narrator Don't Understand Louisiana

The book was good except for the narration. The narrator was not well versed in the pronunciation of the language in Louisiana. He mispronounced names and places using the common English phonics of the words. This distracted from me enjoying the book. Next time employ a native of Louisiana to narrate the book.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 15/03/2021

great listen

Intriguing history of politics in Louisiana. Should be more popular. Is relevant to today's political environment.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Seth T
  • 29/01/2021

Told me everything worth knowing about the man

informative. told me everything worth knowing about the man. Covered his entire political life.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • 16/08/2009

Enjoyable....!

I liked it 3.5 stars. Interesting history.

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  • Generale
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  • Jim
  • 07/01/2012

Timely and gripping

A charismatic populist rises to political power in depression era Louisiana. He has a peerless gift for phrase turning; "more money than you'd need to burn a wet mule" being just one of his finer moments; chutzpah to burn and a supporting cast of characters who are straight of of Southern Gothic central casting. They drink, brawl, bribe, blackmail, embezzle and shoot each other while Huey Long tries to enact an agenda mixing 50% socialist utopianism and 50% cleptocracy. Huey's an obscure figure here in Britain which makes him even more pleasurable discovery as the subject of a biography. At a time when we are once again seeing the rise of political extremism against a backdrop of economic depression this one's thought provoking as well as hugely entertaining

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  • Generale
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  • Tommy
  • 21/03/2019

Entertaining and funny history

An entertaining, thought-provoking and often very funny biography of the colourful and almost comically corrupt Louisiana political leader, Huey Long.

  • Generale
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  • Hayley McCoy
  • 02/11/2017

fascinating overview of Hueys life!

this is a fascinating review of huey p. longs life and of Louisiana at the time.