In later years this tribe bestowed its name on what would become America's twenty-second state. Today, most believe the name to mean "clearers of the thicket". If Alabama does indeed mean "clearers of the thicket", then it is a name that suits the state well.
Alabama's history, and especially its biographical history, is nothing if not a centuries old, twisted thicket of causes, conflicts and crusades as gnarled and thorny as the personalities of the men and woman who championed and fought them.
author set out to write this book, the publishing team thought they
should create a testament to fifty of Alabama's best and brightest sons
and daughters. But as they plunged further into the thicket of Alabama's
history, a sense of unease settled upon them. Who were they to decide
who was the best and the brightest?
The individuals profiled in Hearts of Alabama are no longer with us. However, as demonstrated by the gracious participation of the fifty men and women who offered their introductory perspectives on our profiled Alabamians, their link to their home state remains as strong and compelling as ever."
-Excerpt from the author's introduction
9x12, 210 Pages, No Longer Available - Out of Print
The author, Jim Noles, Jr., with Alabama's First Lady Patsy Riley
Jim Noles is a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, where he is a partner in the Environment & Natural Resources Section of the law firm Balch & Bingham LLP. His previous books include Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004), two books in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, Alabama Power Company and Camp Rucker During World War II, and two books in Seacoast Publishing's Alabama Roots series of biographies for young readers, Thomas Martin: Alabama Dynamo and John Pelham: The Gallant Pelham.