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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard D. White Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185306
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Individuals moved by an absolute thirst for control are at once discomfiting and alluring to read about, and White’s careful, straightforward, and sound picture of this American original will do nothing less than disturb and fascinate readers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “LSU professor White's latest is lively and well researched.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patrick Cullen's voice is vital and sure, energetic yet objective…[He] wisely does not try to mimic voices. He reads with intelligence, using White's impeccable research to create a lasting portrait of a flamboyant politician.”

    AudioFile

  • “Political buffs will delight in White's readable account.”

    Library Journal

  • “A faithful retelling of a familiar story. White highlights the vulgar outbursts, bloody fistfights and snake-oil salesmanship that defined ‘the reign of Huey P. Long.’”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wlwarner | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed every page of this one. In Louisiana, where I lived for most of my life, everyone's got a Huey Long story to recount. Richard White has a book full of them, a well-written, largely anecdotal account of a man for whom the anecdotes are many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 1/14/2014

    " White tells a great story of Huey's rise to power and his ultimate fall. He explores how it was possible for someone like Huey to gain so much power in so little time. And how just about everyone, including FDR, worried about how much power he would actually obtain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/11/2014

    " Life of governor and U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Shows corruption and greed in politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/2/2014

    " What a frightening character...his total disregard for the US Constitution is amazing to me as is his followers blind loyalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/8/2013

    " The writer paid slightly too much attention to Long's corruption and not enough on his contributions and legacy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/3/2013

    " This book explains a lot about LA. The man got away with the unbelievable. Glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/1/2013

    " If you don't believe something like Hitler can ever happen in America, read this book about this absolute corruption of power in Louisiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/19/2013

    " Excellent history of Huey P. Long. Very well written with a good feel for the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/25/2013

    " Nice little bio of Huey Long, touching on the better part of his life. It manages to explain a lot about politics of the time, while leaving you scratching your head. When ever you try and wrap modern morals around stuff like that you always end up puzzled. Just read it and nod your head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justinhensley023 | 1/21/2013

    " Good bio on a polemic character. Gets bogged down in it's own research towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 8/28/2012

    " If you think politics is peculair now, you need to read about Huey Long. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 7/23/2012

    " "I'm beginning to be convinced by the logic of my own argument." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/26/2012

    " Excellent and highly readable book about the disturbingly conflicted (and short) life of Huey Long. Fast-paced and engaging. Very well researched. Really draws readers in to feel as though they've come to know Huey (warts and all). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 3/20/2012

    " Very interesting, amazing history. My only quibble is that it does not explain which of Long's corrupt practices had long been common in Louisiana, and which were bold innovations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/16/2011

    " Wow. I had heard of Huey P. Long, of course, but I had no idea how corrupt he was and how much that impacted Louisiana politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Naventi | 7/28/2011

    " Great book for political junkies ... one of the great characters in US history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/20/2011

    " Reads like Shakespeare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 3/11/2011

    " Not only was his political career cut short by the assassin's bullet, but so was his likely jail term for tax evasion. Perhaps the most unique character in the history of American politics. I think I would have liked the guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/16/2010

    " Excellent history of Huey P. Long. Very well written with a good feel for the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wlwarner | 10/18/2010

    " I enjoyed every page of this one. In Louisiana, where I lived for most of my life, everyone's got a Huey Long story to recount. Richard White has a book full of them, a well-written, largely anecdotal account of a man for whom the anecdotes are many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 10/2/2010

    " "I'm beginning to be convinced by the logic of my own argument." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 8/11/2009

    " Very interesting, amazing history. My only quibble is that it does not explain which of Long's corrupt practices had long been common in Louisiana, and which were bold innovations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 8/6/2009

    " White tells a great story of Huey's rise to power and his ultimate fall. He explores how it was possible for someone like Huey to gain so much power in so little time. And how just about everyone, including FDR, worried about how much power he would actually obtain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/17/2009

    " Excellent and highly readable book about the disturbingly conflicted (and short) life of Huey Long. Fast-paced and engaging. Very well researched. Really draws readers in to feel as though they've come to know Huey (warts and all). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/3/2009

    " This book explains a lot about LA. The man got away with the unbelievable. Glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/4/2009

    " Life of governor and U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Shows corruption and greed in politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justinhensley023 | 12/22/2008

    " Good bio on a polemic character. Gets bogged down in it's own research towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/2/2008

    " Nice little bio of Huey Long, touching on the better part of his life. It manages to explain a lot about politics of the time, while leaving you scratching your head. When ever you try and wrap modern morals around stuff like that you always end up puzzled. Just read it and nod your head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 6/30/2008

    " Not only was his political career cut short by the assassin's bullet, but so was his likely jail term for tax evasion. Perhaps the most unique character in the history of American politics. I think I would have liked the guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 2/1/2008

    " Not very enthralling, in my opinion. As a Louisiana native, I was curious to read about Huey P. Long, especially since he was instrumental in getting LSU's Tiger Stadium built :)

    The author didn't really keep me interested, so it was a bit of a chore to finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 10/2/2007

    " The writer paid slightly too much attention to Long's corruption and not enough on his contributions and legacy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/25/2007

    " If you don't believe something like Hitler can ever happen in America, read this book about this absolute corruption of power in Louisiana. "

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About the Author

Richard D. White Jr. is dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. Dr. White is a Pulitzer Prize–nominated political biographer and author of Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long; Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889–1895; and Will Rogers: A Political Life. He received a PhD in public administration from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Purdue University, and a BA in political science from Old Dominion College. He has published dozens of scholarly articles in prominent journals, including Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Integrity, Journal of Management History, Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, and the Christian Science Monitor. Prior to his academic career, Dr. White was a senior officer in the US Coast Guard and served over ten years at sea. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.