By James K. Libbey
Born to negative tenant farmers in a log cabin in Graves County, Kentucky, Alben Barkley (1877--1956) rose to accomplish a countrywide political stature equaled by means of few of his contemporaries. His memorable public profession ranged from the innovative period to the early years of the chilly conflict, and he witnessed or inspired a few of the key occasions of the 20 th century. ultimately elected vp of the us at the price ticket with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social talents that helped him turn into probably the most renowned politicians of his day.
In Alben Barkley: A lifestyles in Politics, James ok. Libbey bargains the 1st full-length biography of this larger-than-life character, following Barkley in his transition from neighborhood flesh presser to congressman, then senator, senate majority chief, vp, and senator once more. a devoted Democrat, Barkley used to be instrumental in guiding Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal courses via Congress. He later took on a key position in coping with family coverage because the president turned progressively more immersed in international battle II.
Libbey additionally unearths Barkley's human part, from his tremendous humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee collage in 1956, while he acknowledged, "I could otherwise be a servant in the home of the Lord than to sit down within the seats of the mighty," offering the mythical quote moments earlier than succumbing to an enormous center assault. an important contribution to American background, this definitive biography bargains a protracted past due examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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Born to bad tenant farmers in a log cabin in Graves County, Kentucky, Alben Barkley (1877--1956) rose to accomplish a countrywide political stature equaled through few of his contemporaries. His memorable public occupation ranged from the innovative period to the early years of the chilly conflict, and he witnessed or motivated a number of the key occasions of the 20th century.
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Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics (Topics in Kentucky History) by James K. Libbey