Huey Long has been the object of great veneration by some and great criticism by others. As Governor of Louisiana, he was able to accomplish great things for the state, free text books in the schools, the development of LSU into a major eductional institution, and the modernization of the state's roads and bridges, but there was also a darker side. Long was a political boss who demanded loyalty from his friends and rewarded that loyalty with political favors. He would use everything in his power to get his cronies elected and get what he wanted done. Williams shows how he managed to remain in control of the state, even when he went to Washington to join the senate.
There is also a good deal of discussion of his love life and his extra-marital relationship with Blaze Star, the famous stripper.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein