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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Harry Williams Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history—a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the redneck Southern politico, and yet had become at the time of his assassination a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency. In this “masterpiece of American biography” (New York Times Book Review), Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant, bawdy, unforgettable picture of the most colorful as well as the most dangerous man to engage in American politics.”

    Washington Post

  • “I know of no better American political biography.”

    Saturday Review

  • “An intimate biography, the kind to savor. Long, an unlikely mix of self-interest and altruism, led a life of scheming and intrigue worthy of becoming a novel. Many Louisianans populate the story, and Tom Weiner gives them perfect Southern accents…Weiner employs a sharp, authoritative tone for Long, telling his amusing and sometimes apocryphal stories. The combination of excellent material, skillful composition, and Weiner’s engaging narration makes this audiobook easy to recommend.”


  • “T. Harry Williams has made pretty darn sure that his is going to be the definitive biography of Long...A king-sized portrayal of the extraordinary Kingfish.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • Winner of the 1970 National Book Award in History
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Book of the Year for Biography

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 1/30/2014

    " Fine biography of an important american politician. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marge | 1/26/2014

    " Entertaining history with many good one-liners and stories, such as Long saying that he could out-promise Roosevelt because he did't have a mother to keep him honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joshua Fein | 1/8/2014

    " I read this book a few years ago and to me it is the end all be all of Huey Long biographies. An incredibly charismatic, if not downright dictator of Louisiana in the 1930s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 12/16/2013

    " The standard biography (and a competent one) of the larger-than-life governor of the great state of Louisiana. "

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About the Author

Thomas Harry Williams (1909–1979) was an award-winning author and historian who garnered numerous academic honors. He is perhaps best known for his American Civil War studies and his 1969 work Huey Long, the definitive study of Huey Pierce Long, Jr., which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Other acclaimed works include Lincoln and the Radicals (1941), P.G.T. Beauregard, Napoleon in Gray (1955), Romance and Realism in Southern Politics (1961), McClellan, Sherman, and Grant (1962), and posthumously History of American Wars (1981). In 1964, he received the Harry S. Truman Award in Civil War History. Upon his death, the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors established the T. Harry Williams Chair of American History and the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.