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The Earl of Louisiana (Southern Biography Series) Paperback – February 1, 2008
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About the Author
A staff writer for the New Yorker from 1935 until his death in 1963, A. J. Liebling also served during World War II as a correspondent for that magazine in France, England, and North Africa. He wrote a number of books, including The Honest Rainmaker, The Sweet Science, and Normandy Revisited.
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In this book, Liebling turns his considerable talent to Earl Long, the brother of Huey "Kingfish" Long, and the long-ago Governor of Louisina. The author makes the contention that Long was even more fearless than his assassinated brother, and blazed a trail to liberalism in a Southern State using his brilliant street smarts, and eccentric personality.
Liebling illustrates one such story of Long's compassion brilliantly, in sifting through 1960's politics to bring it. The story involves a group of "negro" leaders visiting him to complain that the local hospital had not hired enough "colored" nurses. Long, who was not a segregationist (they abounded in the late 1950's in the south) told the leaders that he would get more nurses hired, but they would not like how he did it.
Long went to the hospital and visited a room with two "colored" patients. When a white nurse walked in to check their vitals, Long began screaming that it was an abomination to have white people drawing blood from "niggers", and this would surely lead to miscegenation, and was an effrontery to God's plan. Within months, there was a nursing corps that was almost half black. Long cared about all his constituents, and was cagey enough to know how to play the politics of the era.
Liebling makes Long a larger than life figure, and in his prose, also delivers a look at the South in a time capsule.
Reading Liebling is best done in a reclining chair under a hot sun at an empty pool.Read more ›
The author is a superb writer. His style really grabbed my imagination. Tell me another story, A. J. Liebling!!!
'The Earl of Louisiana' is simply one of the best reads about politics that you will ever read. People who think politics are crazy now should definitely pick this book up and see how far we have not come. There needs to be more color in politics now to make people interested in them like they use to be. There is no one like these characters now and the media would not allow it anyway. Liebling's book will show a reader what state politics use to be really like. Also, the issue of race is well discussed and the awful race baiting that was used by some candidates to get elected is excellently depicted.
Huey Long and Earl Long are quite simply two of the most intriguing politicians that you will ever encounter in American history.
A good book to read in conjunction with 'The Earl of Louisiana' is the wonderful Pulitzer Prize winning biography by T. Harry Williams 'Huey Long' to find out about a family that left its indelible mark on Louisiana and national politics.
Highly recommended! As good as it gets!
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A terrific narrative describing Louisiana politics right before the Civil Rights movement hit it. Earl Long was Huey's younger brother and another fascinating character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by padist
Great piece of journalism on a fascinating subject, Gov. Earl Long of Louisiana. It wears very well 50 years after it was written.Published 15 months ago by Daniel Adamson