By James K. Libbey
Born to terrible 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 struggle, and he witnessed or inspired some of the key occasions of the 20 th century. finally elected vice chairman of the us at the price ticket with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social talents 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 was once 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 increasingly more immersed in global 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 college in 1956, whilst he acknowledged, "I could otherwise be a servant in the home of the Lord than to sit down within the seats of the mighty," providing the mythical quote moments earlier than succumbing to an enormous middle assault. an important contribution to American historical past, this definitive biography bargains a protracted late examine the "Iron guy" of politics.
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