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Messiah of the Masses: Huey P. Long and the Great Depression [Paperback]

Glen Jeansonne
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I am a big reader of Huey Long literature, and this book isn't worth the price. I paid thirty-dollars for a book that was 187 pages long, with choppy writing, and little, if anything new about Long. Glen Jeansonne seems to be very anti-demagogue, which is very rational. However, I believe it consumes him too much and ends up interfering with the facts. I think he wrote this book after his biography of Gerald L.K. Smith (which was a good biography, if stiffly written). Jeansonne writes in a way that mixes commentary with facts, and it can often mislead the reader. He does provide an interesting viewpoint and a good epilogue though. The book is interesting, but is dry, and Jeansonne skips over quite a bit of what good Huey Long did do, and sticks with the bad, portraying him as a womanizing, completely egotistical dictator. Huey was at least two of those things, but Jeansonne works to hard to use Huey's character to make him out to be a completely useless/powermad dictator. I own it, and you may want to add it to your Long library, but buy it second hand, it isn't worth the thirty dollars. 2 stars for writing/accuracy -1 star for price
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well written and enjoyable read. June 28 2003
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I read this book for a history class. It was my favorite read of the semester. The author has a good style that keeps your attention, but really that's not hard to do when detailing Mr. Long's life. His story could be a great novel - truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Huey came very close to becoming President of the U.S. If he had (you will have to read why he did not) we would probably all be living in a very different America today. This book is a good commentary on human nature, too. In this country people think that we could never be controlled by a demagogue, like Germany was under Hitler, for instance. Long's story proves that indeed Americans CAN be duped - we are not special! Highly recommnened for student and lay person alike!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars For School Jan. 23 2014
By Nicole @ Paperback Princess - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was required for school and was a great educational tool. While most school reading is bland this one actually grabbed me and was easy to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books about Mr. Long! FANTASTIC! June 2 2013
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I had the honor and joy of being a student of Dr. Jeansonne's and I cannot encourage you enough to pick up this book. Dr. Jeansonne writes in a way that is both thick with information, but also a smooth read. His flow and style will keep you "in" the book!
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