Little Giant: The Life and Times of Speaker Carl Albert

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At age six, Carl Albert knew he wanted to serve in the United States Congress. In 1947 he realized his dream when he was elected to serve in the House of Representatives alongside John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. In Little Giant, Albert relates the story of his life in Oklahoma and his road to Congress, where after eight years of service he joined its leadership and shaped the legislation known as Kennedy’s New Frontier and Johnson’s Great Society. In 1971 he began his own Speakership; six years later, when it ended, Congress had been reshaped and had weathered the constitutional crisis of Richard Nixon’s "Imperial Presidency."

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Danney Goble (1946–2007) was Professor of Letters at the University of Oklahoma and the award-winning author or coauthor of eight books about Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

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Albert was elected to Congress from Oklahoma in 1947, became Democratic whip during the Eisenhower administration, House majority leader under Kennedy and Johnson, and served as Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977. In his amiable, folksy memoir, written with Goble, associate professor of history at the University of Tulsa, Albert modestly describes his role in shaping legislation, but becomes specific in evaluating those with whom he worked during 30 years of public service. Lyndon Johnson, in his view, was a consummate politician, "obsessed" with politics and at times remarkably aggressive in making demands on the Speaker (he was "beside me, behind me, and seemingly all over me"). Albert considers Richard Nixon a brilliant political strategist but a flawed man: as President he "needed something to govern against," and, according to Albert, that something was nothing less than the U.S. Congress. Photos.
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