Of Goats and Governors Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories – The new book from Steve Flowers


Steve FlowersYou can purchase your copy of Of Goats and Governors – Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories for $30. You can order via mail. Please make your check payable to:

Steve Flowers Book
P.O. Box 973
Troy, AL. 36081

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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 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.

Some politicians – like George Wallace, Big Jim Folsom, Lister Hill, Frank M. Johnson Jr., or Howell Heflin – became national figures and shaped the state’s image, for better or worse. Others – like Rankin Fite, Roger Bedford, Paul Hubbert, Bill Baxley, or John Patterson – have been known mostly in Alabama but have had an equally profound impact on the state. Swirling, around all these elected officials in the Heart of Dixie are stories, legends, and jokes that are told and retold by political insiders.

Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political Columnist

Steve Flowers is Alabama’s most watched and read political columnist and commentator. His weekly column on Alabama politics appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers.

Governor Robert Bentley
Governor Robert Bentley
State Treasurer Young Boozer
State Treasurer Young Boozer
Secretary of State John Merrill
Secretary of State John Merrill

Former Governor Albert Brewer
former-governor-john-patterson-thumbFormer Governor John Patterson
former-governor-jim-folsomFormer Governor Jim Folsom

He is heard weekly on dozens of commercial radio stations throughout the state. In addition, he serves as the political analyst for the University of Alabama Radio and TV network.

His weekly radio commentary for the university is listened to statewide on Alabama Public Radio. He is also the political analyst for WAKA and the Alabama news network in Montgomery. He analyzes Alabama politics for national and international news networks including ABC, CBS, PBS, and the BBC.

He has been an up close observer and participant in Alabama politics for over 50 years. He is considered the utmost authority in Alabama politics.

Steve served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1982-1998. During his 16 year tenure he recorded a perfect attendance record.

In 1983, he was chosen the outstanding Freshman House member. In 1988, he was voted by his colleagues as the most ethical member of the House and in 1990, he was named the most outstanding member of the House.


Event Schedule –



August 1, 11:45 a.m. – Speaking engagement – Sandestin Higher Ed Confab – Destin, Florida

August 7, 2:30 p.m. – Speaking engagement – Crenshaw Historical Society – Luverne, AL

August 9, 11:30 a.m. – Speaking engagement – Atmore Rotary – Atmore, AL

August 31, 12:00 p.m. – Speaking engagement – Opp Rotary

September 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. –Writer’s Forum
Greystone Country Club
Birmingham, AL

Donna Francavilla hosting

September 15, 6:00 p.m. – Speaking engagement – Elba Chamber Banquet

November 3, 2016, 12:00 p.m. -Birmingham Rotoract Club (Rotary)
Harbert Center
Birmingham, Al

Of Goats and Governors – Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories is published by NewSouth Books. NewSouth Books is an Alabama-based book publishing company whose roots go back to 1984. NewSouth Books is an independent publishing house specializing in regional books of national interest.

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