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PHOTOS    Left: Senator Huey Long, Louisiana at the Democratic National Committee defending his group of delegates, Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 1932; AP Images.
Right: ‘U.S. Senator Huey Long, the political “Kingfish” of Louisiana.’ Stereograph by Keystone View Company, circa 1933; courtesy Library of Congress.

Robert Penn Warren’s
   ALL THE KING’S MEN   

Inspired by the life of “The Kingfish”—Louisiana’s colorful and dangerous Huey Long—Warren’s atmospheric novel examines the life and death of Willie Stark, a smooth-tongued populist obsessed with his ambition to become President.

Told from the perspective of Stark’s young aide, Jack Burden, this 1946 story of political intrigue in the Depression-era South is disturbingly up-to-date in its observations on the gap between rich and poor, thuggish electoral tactics, and the conflicting demands of conscience versus ambition.