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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 battle, and he witnessed or inspired some of the key occasions of the 20th century. finally elected vp 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 develop into essentially 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 flesh presser to congressman, then senator, senate majority chief, vp, and senator once more. a faithful Democrat, Barkley was once instrumental in guiding Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal courses via Congress. He later took on a key position in coping with household coverage because the president turned progressively more immersed in international struggle II.

Libbey additionally finds Barkley's human facet, from his super humble beginnings to his dramatic and chilling ultimate speech at Washington and Lee college in 1956, while he stated, "I might 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 historical past, this definitive biography bargains an extended late examine the "Iron guy" of politics.

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