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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Biography Series
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; Updated edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807133434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807133439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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He brings to life these great characters.
Chris
Reading Liebling is best done in a reclining chair under a hot sun at an empty pool.
Pugwash
Read ANY book A.J.Liebling wrote-He was a treasure!
M. Belchic

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Belchic on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a life long resident of Louisiana and student of history,I can say this is one of the finest (and funniest!) books written about any of our politicians-So much has been written about the Long family, especially Uncle Earl, but Mr. Liebling really "gets" it-He captured the weird, wacky flavor of our #1 spectator sport, politics-Although this book was written over 50 years ago, so much remains the same-And that's not always a bad thing! Read ANY book A.J.Liebling wrote-He was a treasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pugwash on December 18, 2008
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A.J. Liebling is a National Treasure. In reading his musings on boxing, he turns phrases and employs language that makes perusing the fight game fascinating even though the principals have not laced up gloves in over sixty years, and many of the fighters have been banished to anonymity.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Customer on July 13, 2010
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I enjoyed this book so very much. Like the old saying goes, "They broke the mold after they made (Earl Long)". I'd like to know Earl Long's life story. It must have been an "interesting" up-bringing to have shaped this quirky, big-hearted politician.
The author is a superb writer. His style really grabbed my imagination. Tell me another story, A. J. Liebling!!!
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