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 through 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 prompted a few of the key occasions of the 20th century. ultimately elected vp of the us at the price ticket with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social abilities that helped him turn into essentially the most renowned politicians of his day.
In Alben Barkley: A existence in Politics, James okay. Libbey deals 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, vice chairman, and senator once more. a devoted Democrat, Barkley was once instrumental in guiding Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal courses via Congress. He later took on a key position in coping with household coverage because the president turned a growing number of immersed in international struggle II.
Libbey additionally finds Barkley's human aspect, from his tremendous humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee collage in 1956, whilst he stated, "I could otherwise be a servant in the home of the Lord than to take a seat within the seats of the mighty," supplying the mythical quote moments earlier than succumbing to an enormous center assault. an important contribution to American heritage, this definitive biography bargains a protracted past due examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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