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Birmingham Public Library
BPL@Night hosts Warren Trest, author of Nobody But the People, the first authorized biography of Alabama Governor John Patterson
May 22, 2008, Birmingham, AL—Former senior historian for the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Warren Trest has written over fifty stories and articles concerning military history. He has published three books of nonfiction and one novel.
In Trest’s new book, Nobody But the People, Trest has written the first authorized biography of Alabama’s youngest governor, John Patterson. The governor led a controversial life, which started in 1954 when his father, then Alabama Attorney General Albert Patterson was assassinated in Phenix City, AL in an attempt to clean up the city’s crime and corruption.
Gov. Patterson was elected Attorney General after his father’s death and a few years later, in 1958, he defeated George Wallace to become governor. As governor, he stepped in to stop the violence after a mob burned the Freedom Riders bus passing through Anniston.
Gov. Patterson led Alabama as our state struggled to come to grips with the civil rights of its citizens. The title Nobody But the People comes from Gov. Patterson’s stance as a populist leader, which he remained throughout his political life, even with his admitted shortcomings.
Gov. John Patterson will be at the library with his biographer, Warren Trest. This book will resonate with audience members as the author delves into the life of this important governor and our state’s most important era. Gov. Patterson and Mr. Trest will answer questions and sign copies of Nobody But the People, which will be on sale at the library.
Date: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Event: Nobody But the People author Warren Trest
Place: Arrington Auditorium in the Downtown Library