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In this close, personal history, the result of eight years of intensive research, Reed finds Faubus to be an opaque man, “an insoluable mixture of cynicism and compassion, guile and grace, wickedness and goodness,” and, ultimately, “one of the last Americans to perceive politics as a grand game.”

About the author

Roy Reed was a reporter from 1956 to 1978, after which he taught journalism at the University of Arkansas for sixteen years. He is the author of Looking for Hogeye and Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent’s Adventures with the New York Times, and he is the editor of Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History.

New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 1997

1998 Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History