U.S. At War: The Man Who Started It

You could have knocked a Kentucky colonel over with a mint leaf. Kentuckians well remember Alben Barkley's admission of fealty: "If being loyal to the greatest President is hanging on his coattails, I'm proud to hang on."

Kentuckians know Alben William Barkley, 66, as the poor tobacco farmer's son who rose to represent them in Washington longer (31 years) than any other man. He was born in a log cabin deep in the backwoods of western Kentucky, where "one-sucker" tobacco (black, heavy-leaf) is the crop. To earn his way into Georgia's tiny...