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 revolutionary period to the early years of the chilly battle, and he witnessed or inspired the various key occasions of the 20th century. ultimately elected vp of the USA at the price tag with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social talents that helped him turn into some of the most renowned politicians of his day.
In Alben Barkley: A existence in Politics, James ok. 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, 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 dealing with family coverage because the president grew to become an increasing number of immersed in global warfare II.
Libbey additionally finds Barkley's human facet, from his tremendous humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee college in 1956, while he acknowledged, "I may 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 earlier than succumbing to an enormous middle 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