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Tupelo Man (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) by [Blade, Robert]

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Editorial Reviews


"Tupelo Man is beautifully written. In addition to revealing the life and times of this 'most peculiar newspaper publisher,' this book is an important work on northeast Mississippi'."

--Fred C. Smith, Journal of Mississippi History, Vol. LXXIV, No. 3

"This is a captivating account of the career of one of Mississippi's legendary journalists and community leaders. Superbly written from the unique perspective of his son-in-law, this candid biography of George McLean ought to be required reading for every citizen who is looking for a model in fearless, incorruptible and visionary civic leadership. In addition to enabling us better to understand and appreciate the contributions of this fervent and forceful man, this volume also serves as a fascinating chronicle of some of the otherwise unrecorded but nevertheless significant events that marked this transitional period in our history."

--William F. Winter, former Governor of Mississippi

"Tupelo Man is a fascinating portrait of George McLean, whose courageous commitment to social justice transformed Tupelo, Mississippi, into a thriving economic and cultural center. Robert Blade's beautifully written book offers an inspiring look at how McLean expressed his strong socialist views as editor of his small-town newspaper, the Tupelo Daily Journal. Tupelo Man is essential reading for all who wish to understand the "New South" and how the region's future can and should be shaped."

--William R. Ferris, author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues

"Robert Blade's fast paced, richly detailed biography of newspaper publisher George McLean reads like a good novel, sketching a deeply human portrait of a volatile visionary who believed that helping poor rural folk help themselves was his spiritual mission in life, and who put time, effort, and millions of dollars of his own money to the task. From his mischievous boyhood days of hitching rides on freight trains to his rise as a fractious northeast Mississippi community organizer for literacy and economic development for African Americans and whites alike, McLean springs to life as a passionate man of vision who vowed to change his own little postage stamp of soil for the better, earning himself a lasting place in Mississippi, southern, and American history. Anyone who has ever doubted that one individual can make a difference needs to read this long-overdue story of the Tupelo miracle man!"

--Minrose Gwin, author of The Queen of Palmyra: A Novel and Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement

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The biography of an extraordinary southern journalist who confronted the status quo

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  • File Size: 3060 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (September 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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