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California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown
California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown by Ethan Rarick 0520236270 9780520236271
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California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown by Ethan Rarick

It is now commonplace to say that the future happens first in California, and this book, the first biography of legendary governor Edmund G. Pat Brown, tells the story of the pivotal era when that idea became a reality. Set against the riveting historical landscape of the late fifties and sixties, the book offers astute insights into history as well a fascinating glimpse of those who charted its course--including Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and the Brown family dynasty. Ethan Rarick mines an impressive array of untapped sources--such as Pat Browns diary and love letters to his wife--to tell the unforgettable story of a true mover-and-shaker within his fascinating and turbulent political arena. California Risingilluminates a singular moment in time with surprising intimacy. John Kennedy laughs with Pat Brown. Richard Nixon offers the governor a schemers deal. Lyndon Johnson sweet-talks the governor on the phone and then ridicules him behind his back. And as context for the human drama, key events of the era unfold in gripping prose. There is Browns struggle with the fate of Caryl Chessman, the convicted kidnapper who gained international attention by writing best-selling books on death row. There is the tale of intrigue and politics surrounding the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, and the violence and horror of the Watts Riots in 1965. Through the story of the life and times of Pat Brown, we witness an extraordinary period that changed the entire countrys view of itself and its most famous state.

Author: Ethan Rarick

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 501

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2005-01-24

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