Reviews & Media

“An outstanding account of the life and accomplishments of a man who was my friend and my hero. This book captures Hubert Humphrey’s passion and unwavering commitment to our nation’s highest ideals.” — President Jimmy Carter

“Arnold Offner’s riveting account of the life and leadership of Hubert Humphrey shows us the man and legislator who fought to make the United States a more liberal and humane society and leader of a free and peaceful world order. We miss this ‘conscience of the country’ more than ever now.” — Walter F. Mondale

“Immensely readable . . . As someone who loves reading political history, I find it rich in story, impressive in fact. Read it from front to back and you’ve taken a graphic course in post-WW II American politics.  Thanks to Offner, we now have fresh evidence that political greatness is not reserved exclusively for those who come out on top.”— Chris Matthews, author of Bobby Kennedy – A Raging Spirit

“He devoted his life to public service; he was the first major politician of either party to champion the civil rights movement; he was an enormously effective lawmaker who understood compromise; he brought joy and integrity to American democracy. Why isn’t Hubert Humphrey better remembered? With this excellent, thorough, readable biography by Arnold Offner, maybe he will be.” — Evan Thomas, author of Robert Kennedy: His Life, Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World, and Being Nixon: A Man Divided

“A groundbreaking study of an American political giant. Every page crackles with excellent writing, eye-opening research and shrewd analysis.”— Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

“Well written and exhaustively researched, this is the definitive biography of Hubert Humphrey.” — Irwin F. Gellman, author of The President and The Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961

“Hubert Humphrey was one of the twentieth century’s political giants. In this gracefully written, insightful biography, Arnold Offner has captured the essence of the man and his times.” — Randall B. Woods, author of LBJ: Architect of American Ambition

Press & Media

Foreign powers interfered in the 1968 election. Why didn’t LBJ stop them? Was his disdain for his vice president greater than his desire for Democrats to win? “Made by History,” Brian Rosenwald, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Washington Post, November 4, 2018.

Letter to the Editor, The Nation, December 3-10 Issue, Arnold A. Offner, This is what heroism looks like… Lost in translation… Humph!…

Hubert Humphrey and the Unmaking of Cold War Liberalism: A new biography captures how the Minnesota senator and vice president was poised to be liberalism’s conscience but instead played a role in its downfall. “The author . . . supplies all the evidence one could want to prove that Humphrey played a major role in leading his party—and to a degree his country to reject Jim Crow and embrace a number of social-democratic policies.” By Michael Kazin in The Nation, November 12, 2018 (online October 17, 2018)

Conversation with Kai Bird at Leon Levy Biography Center, City University of New York, October 3rd, 2018.

“A new biography by historian Arnold Offner, ‘HubertHumphrey, The Conscience of the Country,’ provides a behind-the-scenes look at the events of 1968 as Humphrey and his advisers struggled to deal with this central challenge facing his campaign.”—Iric Nathanson, September 28, 2018, MINNPOST

“Hubert Humphrey, too, led a remarkable life, said Edward Kosner in The Wall Street Journal. [T]he man who lost to Richard Nixon in 1968 was a courageous voice for civil rights long before his party embraced the cause, and he was an effective leader—until he wasn’t. Aside from Vietnam, he was on the right side of history on most issues. “The Book List,” In leaders and runners-up, The Week (August 21, 2018), chosen by Ryan North

“[A]n extraordinary achievement, striking just the right balance between being an authoritative treatment and a fascinating read.  You have done justice to a great and remarkable man, and in so doing have created a book right for our times and one that will endure.”—Daniel H. Weiss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Fall Books from Minnesota Authors We’re Dying to Read” —Mary Anne Grossman, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, September 4, 2018.

“A new (and best-yet) Humphrey biography [that] . . . provides a well-researched and readable rendering of a life that bore much good fruit for this country.”—Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A painstaking and . . . admiring portrait of a more complex and compelling political figure than the caricature his detractors draw. . . . Humphrey missed the ultimate prize in American politics, but, aside from Vietnam, he was on the right side of history on most issues.”—Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal

Interview with the Author on KPFA Radio, 94.1 (interview starts ~20 minutes into the tape), with Mitch Jesrich, August 29, 2018,  Hubert Humphrey: Civil Rights Champion and Cold War Warrior

70 years ago, Mayor Humphrey changed the Democratic Party —Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, July 7, 2018

“‘But [Humphrey’s] speech had galvanized the convention to adopt the first civil rights platform in the Democratic Party’s history,’ as the historian Arnold Offner writes in a new biography of Humphrey.”

Hubert Humphrey The Conscience of the Country Author Professor Arnold A. Offner