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 through 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 stimulated the various key occasions of the 20 th century. ultimately elected vice chairman of the USA at the price tag with Harry S. Truman in 1949, Barkley possessed a candid demeanor and social abilities that helped him turn into probably 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 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 function in handling household coverage because the president turned increasingly 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 college in 1956, while he acknowledged, "I may 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 sooner than succumbing to an enormous middle assault. an important contribution to American background, this definitive biography deals an extended past due examine the "Iron guy" of politics.

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