In 1960, the Associated Press assigned David Zinman to write a feature article on Huey Long's death. The article was intended to commemorate
the twenty-fifth anniversary of the legendary governor's assassination.
While sifting through the relevant publications at the New Orleans Public Library, Zinman discovered that surprisingly little published information
was available regarding Long's death, and even less data pertaining to Dr. Carl Weiss, the governor's alleged assassin. Moreover, publications
on the assassination contained conflicting and often erroneous information. Finally, reporters and scholars had failed to investigate many important
aspects of the still controversial case.
Zinman's enduring interest in these mysteries eventually led him to write The Day Huey Long Was Shot, which attempts to provide the most accurate,
authoritative, and unbiased account of the assassination. The author incorporates into his discussion the latest forensic evidence produced by
the recent exhumation of Dr. Weiss's body, the discovery of long-suppressed evidence (including the alleged murder weapon), and findings of scientists
and the state police based upon these sources of information. Much of the evidence remains contradictory, however, and readers are left to form
their own conclusions.