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Win the Race or Die Trying: Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah Hardcover – July 21, 2016
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“‘When I’m gone, there won’t be any more,’ Earl Long said, and Jack McGuire leaves no doubt about the truth of that assertion. McGuire was there to see Long on the stump more than half a century ago as he waged one last sweaty, helter-skelter, up-close-and-personal campaign and won the seat in Congress he did not live to take. McGuire brings that tumultuous era vividly to life and makes a persuasive case that Long was a political genius who did much to improve the lot of the common man.
“This is that rare political history―a page turner.”
―James Gill, columnist for The New Orleans Advocate and author of Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans
“No one has a better understanding of the depth and nuances of modern Louisiana politics than Jack B. McGuire. This book marks the culmination of his lifelong fascination with the political career of Earl Kemp Long, Huey’s younger brother. McGuire recognizes and appreciates Uncle Earl’s mastery of a colorful political environment that has faded into the Pelican State’s storied past.”
―Edward F. Haas, professor emeritus of history at Wright State University and author of Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition, 1961–1970
About the Author
Jack B. McGuire, Mandeville, Louisiana, is the coauthor of Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers, published by University Press of Mississippi, and his work has appeared in Louisiana History. He served as special assistant to the mayor of New Orleans, press secretary to the mayor, and director of public relations from 1964 to 1970, as well as a councilman-at-large for the city of Mandeville from 1984 to 2000. For the past forty-two years, he has been an officer of Union Savings and Loan Association.
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Jack B. McGuire relates Long’s final campaign in “Win the Race or Die Trying: Uncle Earl’s Last Hurrah,” a book that’s as entertaining to read as informative due to McGuire’s engaging writing style. The University of Mississippi Press book is also complemented by numerous photographs.