By James K. Libbey
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 via few of his contemporaries. His memorable public occupation ranged from the revolutionary period to the early years of the chilly conflict, and he witnessed or prompted a number of the key occasions of the 20 th century. finally elected vice chairman of the U.S. at the price ticket with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social abilities that helped him turn into probably the most well known politicians of his day.
In Alben Barkley: A lifestyles in Politics, James okay. Libbey deals the 1st full-length biography of this larger-than-life character, following Barkley in his transition from neighborhood baby-kisser to congressman, then senator, senate majority chief, vp, and senator once more. a faithful 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 dealing with family coverage because the president turned a growing number of immersed in international struggle II.
Libbey additionally finds Barkley's human part, from his super humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee collage in 1956, while he stated, "I may 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 prior to succumbing to an enormous center assault. an important contribution to American background, this definitive biography bargains an extended past due examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics (Topics in Kentucky History) by James K. Libbey