Currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana, freelancer Garry Boulard writes
about the ripe political, educational, and economic life of the city and the
state for many major newspapers. In the Pelican State, one can hardly mention
politics without uttering the name Huey P. Long in the same breath. In the
course of familiarizing himself with his new hometown, Boulard was surprised
when he learned of Long's attack on New Orleans. He discovered that of the
multitude of tomes written about the Kingfish, none offered an in-depth analysis
of the siege. Boulard seized the opportunity. In the course of his
investigation, he located and interviewed more than two dozen people involved
with Long and his siege of New Orleans.
While writing his book, Boulard relied heavily on his more than twenty years
of experience as an investigative journalist. His articles appear regularly in
the Los Angeles Times, the Times-Picayune, and the Christian
Science Monitor. Boulard has made a name for himself in scholarly
publications as well. Such respected periodicals as the Journal of Southern
History, the Journal of Ethnic Studies, and American Quarterly
have published his reviews and essays.
This versatile writer focuses his attention on one other medium: books.
Boulard is the author of "Just a Gigolo": The Life and Times of
Louis Prima, which examines another character with strong ties to New
Orleans. He has contributed to The St. James Guide to Biography and the Encyclopedia
of American Political Parties and Elections. The two areas of biography and
politics meld perfectly in Huey Long Invades New Orleans: The Siege of a
City, 1934-36, which has been called "a brilliant history written
with the verve and style most authors can only envy." It is his first book
published by Pelican.
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