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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (20 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: June 2009 ISBN: 9781455193110
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric_W | 12/6/2013

    " Read this years ago in hardcover when it came out, long before I started writing reviews. I remember it well. A real classic of biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/22/2013

    " Those interested in LA history, or this peculiar figure with in it, would enjoy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Ketterlinus | 8/31/2013

    " His reputation will never die! A very interesting book and real life character you could not invent in a novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 11/19/2012

    " I was dating a guy from New Orleans who was reading this book--He said that this man should have been President instead of FDR--I had to read the book--I learned a lot about corrupt politics but this is a fascinating man if only half the things written about him are true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avis Black | 10/13/2012

    " One of the great classic books about American politics. Huey Long has always been one of my favorites. He was both startlingly talented and truly odd, and by the standards of his day, a real political progressive. This book should not be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krotpong | 3/6/2012

    " Really good! Also, fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harrison | 3/1/2012

    " Exhaustingly thorough, somewhat frustratingly organized. Must read for any serious political junkies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Decossas | 2/9/2012

    " This is the definitive biography of the greatest politician to ever live. Not to mention my idol lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 11/5/2011

    " The best biography of Huey P. Long, written by a University of Southern Mississippi professor who manages to keep it neutral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lantzlp | 8/26/2011

    " One of the great books about a historical figure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Latham | 8/18/2011

    " Best political biography ever, bar none! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 3/16/2011

    " This book is fantastic. Although I'm personally biased, I feel like this book takes an objective view of such a dynamic and controversial figure. An excellent read for anyone interested in politics and the people who thrive in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 8/2/2010

    " He won a big lawsuit against a big oil company and parlayed that into becoming the Kingfish. Eleanor Roosevelt hated him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Ramey | 4/21/2010

    " One of the best political biographies written. Long was such an unusual and power driven man, that he is an entertaining subject. Throw in Louisiana culture and politics and it leaves you with a highly entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Shelton | 2/6/2010

    " Definitely pro-Huey on the balance, but Williams seems to make an effort to show both sides. Very worthwhile read about an amazing politician. Great (and frequently humorous) anecdotes scattered throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/20/2009

    " I highly recommend this book be read. It doesn't matter if you have heard of Huey Long or not. Whether you like him or you don't, this book takes an unbiased stand, which is hard to come by when it comes to such a figure as the Kingfish. "

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About the Author

Thomas Harry Williams (1909–1979) was an award-winning author and historian who garnered numerous academic honors. His acclaimed works include Lincoln and the RadicalsP.G.T. Beauregard, Napoleon in GrayRomance and Realism in Southern Politics, and McClellan, Sherman, and Grant.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.