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Author Boyarsky, Bill.
Title Big Daddy : Jesse Unruh and the art of power politics / Bill Boyarsky.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008.

Author Boyarsky, Bill.
Subject Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987.
California. Legislature. Assembly -- Speakers -- Biography.
Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987 -- Influence.
Politicians -- California -- Biography.
Legislators -- California -- Biography.
California -- Politics and government -- 1951-
California -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Center parties -- United States -- Case studies.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Description 1 online resource (xi, 265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247) and index.
Note Print version record.
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.
ISBN 9780520923348 (electronic bk.)
0520923340 (electronic bk.)
9780520219670 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520219678 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 182630959
Additional Format Print version: Boyarsky, Bill. Big Daddy. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008 9780520219670 0520219678 (DLC) 2007012133 (OCoLC)122525950

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