The study of two great demagogues in American history--Huey P. Long, a first-term United States Senator from the red-clay, piney-woods country of thern Louisiana; and Charles E. Coughlin, a Catholic priest from an industrial suburb near Detroit. Award-winning historian Alan Brinkely describes their modest origins and their parallel rise together in the early years of the Great Depression to become the two most successful leaders of national political dissidence of their era. *Winner of the American Book Award for History*
Alan Brinkleyis the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University. His previous books includeVoices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the National Book Award for History, andThe Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People.His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared inThe American Historical Review, theJournal of American History, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and other publications. He lives in New York City.