Columnist and commentator shares Alabama political stories and legends in new memoir
From staff reports
MONTGOMERY – Few states have as fascinating a political history as Alabama, especially in the post-World War II era. Moving onto and off the state’s electoral stage during this time period of remarkable transformation have been some of the most interesting figures in 20th century American government and politics. Now the backstage intrigue of Alabama politics receives a lively treatment in Of Goats and Governors, the high-spirited new memoir by former Alabama Representative Steve Flowers.
Flowers is Alabama’s most watched and read political columnist and commentator with a column on Alabama politics that appears weekly in 66 Alabama newspapers. He also serves as the political analyst for the University of Alabama radio and television network. His weekly radio commentary for the University is listened to statewide on Alabama Public Radio, and he is also the political analyst for WAKA/the Alabama news network in Montgomery.
Flowers has been an up close observer and participant in Alabama politics for more than 50 years and is considered the utmost authority on Alabama politics. He served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1982-1998, and during his 16 year tenure recorded a perfect attendance record. His House colleagues honored him as Outstanding Freshman member in 1982, Most Ethical member in 1988, and Most Outstanding member in 1992.
“Steve Flowers’ ability to dive deep into Alabama’s colorful political history makes Of Goats and Governors a must read,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.
“Of Goats & Governor offers a peephole through which readers can look back at three exuberant generations of Alabama politics,” said Dr. Edwin Bridges, Director Emeritus, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
“There could be no better guide to this colorful history than Steve Flowers,” former Alabama Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor Bill Baxley said. “Steve Flowers has become our state’s leading political columnist and commentator. Of Goats and Governors is delightful.”