Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition, 1961-1970 (Hardback)Edward F. Haas (author)
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Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
"No person living knows more about New Orleans politics in the 1950 and '60s than Edward Haas. He's pored through thousands of pages of manuscripts, interviewed many of the period's important players, and grappled with the vital, often stormy issues of that era. His biography of Mayor Victor Schiro, years in the making, is the fruit of his herculean effort. Judicious and evenhanded, Haas' exhaustive biography never founders, not even on the shoals of racial unrest. Historians will be in his debt for years to come."
--Lawrence N. Powell, professor of history, Tulane University
"It seems remarkable that the man who served as mayor of New Orleans during one of its most tumultuous periods--when the New Orleans Saints were born and plans for the Superdome first established, when Hurricane Betsy devastated the city, and when New Orleanians finally confronted the full implications of desegregation--has not yet been the subject of a full scholarly treatment. Thankfully, the administration of New Orleans mayor Victor H. Schiro has finally received the examination it so rightfully deserves at the hands of Edward F. Haas. One of the foremost historians of modern Louisiana and southern politics, Haas provides an incisive and balanced account of this fascinating though quiet and often misunderstood historical figure. In doing so, Haas demonstrates his keen wit and discerning eye for the colorful anecdote or story. Based on prodigious research and engagingly written, Mayor Victor H. Schiro is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand not only present-day New Orleans but also the modern South."
--John C. Rodrigue, Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor of History, Stonehill College
"Ed Haas brings a lifetime of research and insights about New Orleans to his study of Victor Schiro. What emerges is not only a deft portrait of the man and the politics of the city, but a finely tuned story about a troubled city's course through the civil rights era. It is both an urban and a regional tale that is as engaging as it is memorable."
--David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte