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Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power

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The power struggle between Claude Pepper and Ed Ball in the mid-20th century in large part determined the future of Florida. This lively account of their interlocking careers -- both dominated by a personal quest for power, money, and purpose -- illuminates the historical role of these two forceful personalities. Ed Ball, brother-in-law of Alfred I. duPont and trustee of the duPont empire, was at one time the single most powerful businessman in the state. Claude Pepper, a senior U.S. senator, was the state's heir to the ...

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