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 by way of few of his contemporaries. His memorable public occupation ranged from the innovative period to the early years of the chilly warfare, and he witnessed or stimulated the various key occasions of the 20 th century. ultimately elected vice chairman of the us at the price tag with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social abilities that helped him develop into the most renowned politicians of his day.
In Alben Barkley: A lifestyles in Politics, James ok. 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, vice chairman, 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 dealing with family coverage because the president grew to become a growing number of immersed in international warfare II.
Libbey additionally unearths 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 acknowledged, "I could otherwise be a servant in the home of the Lord than to sit down within the seats of the mighty," supplying the mythical quote moments prior to succumbing to an enormous center assault. an important contribution to American heritage, this definitive biography bargains an extended past due examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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