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A rage for justice : the passion and politics of Phillip Burton, John Jacobs

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A rage for justice : the passion and politics of Phillip Burton
Title
A rage for justice
Title remainder
the passion and politics of Phillip Burton
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John Jacobs
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eng
Summary
This political biography of Phillip Burton (1926-1983) is the riveting story of one of the most brilliant, driven, and productive legislators of his--or indeed any--era of American politics. A ruthless and unabashed progressive, Burton terrified his opponents, ran over his friends, forged improbable coalitions, and from 1964 to 1983 became one of the most influential Representatives in the House. He also acquired more raw power than almost any left-liberal politician ever had. Moving from grassroots campaigns to epic battles in the California state capital, and finally to the very pinnacle of power on Capitol Hill, John Jacobs's inside account of Burton's life shows how politics really works. He demonstrates the exercise of power in the hands of a superb strategist and shows an unheralded master going about his life's work during the glory years of postwar American liberalism. Burton was an unforgettable, uncontrollable figure whose relentless day-and-night politicking distilled the raw essence of American politics. Jacobs brings to life Burton's seething, perpetual sense of outrage, gargantuan appetites, and dedication to the disenfranchized. Animated by a sometimes frightening drive for power--his only modern counterpart is Lyndon Johnson--Burton played a pivotal role in California and U.S. politics, championing welfare and civil rights, landmark labor legislation, environmentalism and congressional reform. His achievements included the groundbreaking black lung bill for miners and their families; Supplemental Social Security for the aged, blind, and disabled; and helping to secure America's extensive national park system. Burton's failures were equally dramatic: in 1976, at the height of his power, he lost, by one vote, the chance to become House Majority Leader. Had he won this critical political fight, he no doubt would have become Speaker of the House. Jacobs's account is based on Burton's personal papers and hundreds of interviews with people at every stage of his life, including four Democratic Speakers of the House. The result is a book that brilliantly demonstrates how one person can make a difference in public life. This political biography of Phillip Burton (1926-1983) is the riveting story of one of the most brilliant, driven, and productive legislators of his--or indeed any--era of American politics. A ruthless and unabashed progressive, Burton terrified his opponents, ran over his friends, forged improbable coalitions, and from 1964 to 1983 became one of the most influential Representatives in the House. He also acquired more raw power than almost any left-liberal politician ever had. Moving from grassroots campaigns to epic battles in the California state capital, and finally to the very pinnacle of power on Capitol Hill, John Jacobs's inside account of Burton's life shows how politics really works. He demonstrates the exercise of power in the hands of a superb strategist and shows an unheralded master going about his life's work during the glory years of postwar American liberalism. Burton was an unforgettable, uncontrollable figure whose relentless day-and-night politicking distilled the raw essence of American politics. Jacobs brings to life Burton's seething, perpetual sense of outrage, gargantuan appetites, and dedication to the disenfranchized. Animated by a sometimes frightening drive for power--his only modern counterpart is Lyndon Johnson--Burton played a pivotal role in California and U.S. politics, championing welfare and civil rights, landmark labor legislation, environmentalism and congressional reform. His achievements included the groundbreaking black lung bill for miners and their families; Supplemental Social Security for the aged, blind, and disabled; and helping to secure America's extensive national park system. Burton's failures were equally dramatic: in 1976, at the height of his power, he lost, by one vote, the chance to become House Majority Leader. Had he won this critical political fight, he no doubt would have become Speaker of the House. Jacobs's account is based on Burton's personal papers and hundreds of interviews with people at every stage of his life, including four Democratic Speakers of the House. The result is a book that brilliantly demonstrates how one person can make a difference in public life.
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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  • 328.73/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.B86
LC item number
J33 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A rage for justice : the passion and politics of Phillip Burton, John Jacobs
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 539-551) and index
Contents
Beginnings -- Beaten by a dead man -- Chinatown and the battle for Potrero Hill -- Firecrackers and farm workers -- AB 59 -- The cockatoo's head -- Capitol Hill at last -- The "Burton machine" -- "Eating Italian" and the politics of black lung -- The legislator -- The path to power -- Revolution in the House -- Triumph at home -- One vote -- Comebacks and tall trees -- Park barrel -- Proxy fights and more parks -- Your mother's arms -- Ain't that a bitch! -- The man who would be speaker -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
31172923
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 578 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780520200760
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94036185
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Markings by Molly Ivins. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
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Label
A rage for justice : the passion and politics of Phillip Burton, John Jacobs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 539-551) and index
Contents
Beginnings -- Beaten by a dead man -- Chinatown and the battle for Potrero Hill -- Firecrackers and farm workers -- AB 59 -- The cockatoo's head -- Capitol Hill at last -- The "Burton machine" -- "Eating Italian" and the politics of black lung -- The legislator -- The path to power -- Revolution in the House -- Triumph at home -- One vote -- Comebacks and tall trees -- Park barrel -- Proxy fights and more parks -- Your mother's arms -- Ain't that a bitch! -- The man who would be speaker -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
31172923
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 578 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780520200760
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94036185
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Markings by Molly Ivins. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.

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