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 way 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 prompted a few of the key occasions of the 20th century. finally elected vp of the U.S. at the price tag with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social abilities that helped him develop into probably the most well known 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 function in handling household coverage because the president turned progressively more immersed in global conflict II.
Libbey additionally finds Barkley's human facet, from his tremendous humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee collage in 1956, whilst he acknowledged, "I could otherwise be a servant in the home of the Lord than to take a seat within the seats of the mighty," offering the mythical quote moments sooner than succumbing to an enormous center assault. an important contribution to American heritage, this definitive biography bargains an extended late examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics (Topics in Kentucky History) by James K. Libbey