Barbour recognizes books, garners praise during speech

In one of his last speeches before stepping down as Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour praised two books that he said feels illustrate the need for Mississippi to return to core American values of hard work, church, and making sure one’s children get a good education: “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” by Thomas Friedman (who Barbour described as a New York Times columnist, not usually in my crowd);

And

“Civilization: The West and the Rest” by Niall Ferguson.

Mississippi Press
12/26/11