A Rage for Justice: The Passion and Politics of Phillip Burton

A Rage for Justice: The Passion and Politics of Phillip Burton

by John Jacobs
     
 

"Nobody is perfect--certainly not the late Phillip Burton. Congressman Burton loved power and pursued it egregiously. He had a terrible temper. He was sometimes hasty and imprudent. Yet he was also a great legislator: great in his vision, great in his defense of working people, great in his passion for the environment. Few members of Congress have wielded the… See more details below

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"Nobody is perfect--certainly not the late Phillip Burton. Congressman Burton loved power and pursued it egregiously. He had a terrible temper. He was sometimes hasty and imprudent. Yet he was also a great legislator: great in his vision, great in his defense of working people, great in his passion for the environment. Few members of Congress have wielded the influence or left behind the legacy of this towering, tumultuous parliamentarian. Now, thanks to John Jacobs, there is a biography to match the depth and intensity of the man."--Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California

"There was no more compelling political figure in the America of the 1960s and 1970s than California's Phillip Burton and now John Jacobs has written a book that fits the man--big, boisterous, insightful, and compelling. Jacobs has captured Burton and has captured the fascinating politics of the Bay Area, California, and the House of Representatives, all in one terrific package. This is political biography at its best."--Norman J. Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

"Phil Burton, a prodigious overachiever, has inspired a prodigious book, filled with life and with the colorful stuff of politics. John Jacobs understands the ins and outs of Capitol Hill better than most political writers, and he understands the California political scene that Phil Burton inhabited better than anybody."--Nelson W. Polsby, author of Congress and the Presidency

"An extraordinary political biography by a first-rate political journalist. It is a compelling, critical, adoring, and exeptionally well-researched account of the life and times of one of the nation's most important contemporary politicians. John Jacobs shows us what a gifted insider who was proud of being a consummate politician can accomplish when he masters his profession. But Jacobs does more than that. . . he excels at portraying the man, with all his weaknesses, as well as the politician with his strengths."--Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime

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ISBN-13:
9780520200760
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/12/1995
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.61(d)

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