SENATOR FOR THE SOUTH by John E.

SENATOR FOR THE SOUTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Senator of South Carolina, a man whose long political career has not been without merit, deserves a better biography than this by his former pastor. The senator can what he needs is help in defending himself from well meaning friends like the author. For the work is so naive, so cliche-ridden, and above all so utterly uncritical and admiring that it might even make Johnston's own press agent blush. In addition, the author has taken care to spare the reader no detail from Mrs. Johnston's years ago to her husband's view on anti-hitch-hiking legislation. Considering the strongly conservative sentiments of much of his state, the senator on occasion pursued a remarkably independent course. He was a vigorous opponent of the law, for example, and a strong critic of what many called the ""numbers game"" Attorney General Herbert Brownell played with security discharges from the government in the Eisenhower days. The author is right in his preface that men like Johnston often get overlooked when the history of an era is recorded, but a writer with more skill than his will be needed to remedy the situation in this case.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday