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Author Boyarsky, Bill.

Title Big Daddy : Jesse Unruh and the art of power politics / Bill Boyarsky
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents The death of a boss -- The road to California -- The GI Bill of Rights -- Hat in the ring -- The education of a rookie -- Segregation and the unruh civil rights act -- Fair housing and white backlash -- Animal house -- Backstabbing democrats -- Dirty dealings and high idealism -- A full-time legislature -- Unruh, Robert Kennedy, and the anti-war movement -- Unruh versus Reagan -- The man with the money
Summary Revealing and frank, this biography tells the story of an American original, California's Big Daddy, Jesse Unruh (1922-1987), who was born into Texas sharecropper poverty, became a larger-than-life figure and a principal architect and builder of modern California. It also looks at the man who believed that politics was the art of the possible
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987 -- Influence.
Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987.
California. Legislature. Assembly -- Speakers -- Biography.
Center parties -- United States -- Case studies.
Legislators -- California -- Biography.
Politicians -- California -- Biography.
California -- Politics and government -- 1951-
California -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Genre/Form Biography.
Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520923340 (electronic bk.)
9780520923348 (electronic bk.)