HUBERT HUMPHREY: A BIOGRAPHY by Carl Solberg
Norton; 572 pages; $19.95
In 1945, shortly after Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. became mayor of Minneapolis, he got a call from his father. Hubert Sr. was shocked: his son had been seen dining with bankers. The small-town druggist delivered a warning against the lures of wealth, power and compromise.
That hardly seemed necessary at the time, or for a decade to come. As mayor and later U.S. Senator, Humphrey fought the good fight for civil rights, full employment and the whole postwar liberal agenda. But as Lyndon Johnson's Vice President, he became a cheerleader for the...