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George Wallace Jr. reflects on his father, family in his new book

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A man whose very name is synony­mous with Alabama politics has made his last run for office, and has entered a new chapter in his professional life — that of a self-published author.

George Wallace Jr. has been busy late­ly, mailing off copies of his new book, “Governor George Wallace: The Man You Never Knew,” which is available on his website,, for $34.95.

The book is a memoir, written in first person, that winds through a very wide ar­ray of topics: His once controversial fa­ther, the four-time governor and presiden­tial hopeful, at one time a symbol of racism but later apologetic and forgiven; his be­loved mother, also a former governor, who lost her battle with cancer; and his own life, growing up in the governor’s mansion and in the public eye, learning to come to terms with the Wallace legacy.

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