Dean White's Huey Long Book Chose For Local Community Program

Dean Richard White Jr. head shot

Dean Richard White Jr.

February 29, 2016

BATON​ ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Library successfully launched its 10th annual One Book One Community (OBOC) program at the Main Library at Goodwood based on this year’s book selection, "Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long," by E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean Richard D. White Jr.

Between old-fashioned cake walks, Huey Long lookalikes, soapbox speeches, dancing Huey Longs, music, food and balloons, more than 500 people visited the Library Plaza and came out to celebrate the program, the book and all things Huey P. Long. The fun, however, is just beginning.

If you can’t purchase the book, "Kingfish" is available for check out at all 14 library branches. Give it a read and then join in the free Long-themed panel discussions, author talks, a Huey Long impersonator, a program on the Long family’s genealogy, crafts and related movies (such as "All the King’s Men" and "O’Brother Where Art Thou"), as well as Ken Burns’ documentary "Huey Long."​

The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Author Richard D. White Jr.: "Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long" book presentation with author Richard D. White Jr. - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Bluebonnet RegionalBranch.

  • “Long in Lit: The Context of Kingfish" Panel: Professor Robert Mann and Carl Freedman of LSU & Michael S. Martin of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The panelists are authors and will have books on sale. Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Main Library.

  • Jim Engster: Long's Campaign Machine Vs. Today's Politics: Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Main Library.

  • Huey P. Long Assassin Trail: Wednesday, March 16, 5 p.m. at Eden Park Branch. A mock murder mystery trial.

  • Tracing the Genealogy of the Long FamilyR: Saturday, April 16, time TBA in the Baton Rouge Room at the Main Library.

  • Authors After Hours.: The author of this year’s book, Richard D. White Jr., will present a free “Authors After Hours” public program based on his biography of Huey P. Long. Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. at the Main Library.

  • A Chicken in Every Pot: A Louisiana Dining Experience: April 25, 7 p.m. at the Jones Creek Regional Branch. Various chicken dishes will be served.

​For complete listings of free programs, movies, book discussions and all things Huey Long for ALL AGES, visit or check out the InfoGuide at or Call the Library At (225) 231-3750.

Conceived in 1998 in Seattle, the main goal of One Book One Community is to encourage a community dialog through a common, shared reading experience. The 10th annual spring 2016 One Book One Community (OBOC) initiative is sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish Library with its partners. OBOC today extends throughout the parish, including schools, libraries, colleges, businesses and community groups.

About the Book

“... As Richard D. White Jr. makes clear in his book 'Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long' ... theatrical turns often were used to give Huey Long support in his main goal and his occupation – putting almost all of the state offices, as well as all of Louisiana’s patronage under his control ...  White shows how Long, following expulsion from high school, went from working as a door-to-door salesman to establishing the closest thing to a dictatorship this country has ever known — only to be assassinated at the height of his power.” -- American Heritage, October 2006

About the Author
Richard D. White Jr. is the eighth dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at LSU. He has written other political biographies; his book on Will Rogers, for instance, can be found at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. While often teaching or doing scholarly work, he has served as a White House policy analyst and more. In addition, he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and won the Western Writers Association’s Will Rogers Medallion Award.

For more information about OBOC, this year’s book or programs, visit or check out The InfoGuide at For more information about the library, call (225) 231-3750 or visit us online at​​​


Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business