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Legacy to Power: Senator Russell Long of Louisiana 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1557784674
ISBN-10: 1557784671
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Noting that this authorized biography was subject to minor editorial control by its subject, Mann, Long's former press secretary, provides a detailed though subjective chronicle of an eventful political career. Son of the flamboyant Louisiana senator "Kingfish" Huey Long, who was assassinated in 1935, Russell Long served as U.S. Senator from 1948 to 1987, exercising enormous power as head of the Finance Committee. A congressional wheeler dealer in the manner of Lyndon Johnson, the shrewd Long knew how to use his influence and when to compromise. Although he favored segregation and initially opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, he eventually moderated his stance. The author presents Long's regressive position on tax and energy reform in a kindly light in a readable political biography that is regrettably devoid of meaningful analysis. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Long's decision not to seek reelection to the Senate from Louisiana in 1986 brought an end to almost four decades of service in that body. The son of former Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long, and the nephew of another former governor, Earl Long, Russell lacks the flamboyant, populist style of his father and uncle. But he was one of the masters of the rules and folkways of the Senate--using his position as chair of the Finance Committee and his coalition-building skills to shape numerous major pieces of legislation. Biographer Mann, a former press secretary of Long, examines Long's career from a favorable but not entirely uncritical perspective. The book will be a useful addition to collections emphasizing modern American politics. Other recent books on Louisiana's First Family are William Ivy Hair's The Kingfish and His Realm: The Life and Times of Huey Long ( LJ 9/15/91) and Michael L. Kurtz and Morgan D. Peoples's Earl K. Long: The Saga of Uncle Earl and Louisiana Politics ( LJ 3/1/90).
- Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1st edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557784671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557784674
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A journalist and historian, Robert Mann has written critically acclaimed political histories of the Vietnam War and the U.S. civil rights movement.

Mann holds the Manship Chair in Mass Communication at Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication.

Mann spent more than 20 years working in national and Louisiana state politics. Prior to joining the Manship School in 2006, he served as communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. He joined the governor's staff in 2004 after serving 17 years as state director and press secretary to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. He was also press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana and press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana.

In the early 1980s, he covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star. His essays and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

He is a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and publishes the Louisiana political blog, "Something Like the Truth."

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Just what you would expect from a biography of a segregationist. Russell did nothing politically that raised the dignity of man. His most despicable act was voting against an anti-lynching bill.... but he also spearheaded welfare legislation that underminded negro families before masterminding a child support bill that essentially destroyed the nuclear black family in America. (See my book: Black Genocide: The Untold Truth About Child Support Enforcement)
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