Willie Brown: A Biography

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University of California Press, 1996 - History - 509 pages
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This is the first comprehensive biography of Willie Brown, one of California's most enduring and controversial politicians. Audacious, driven, talented--Brown has dominated California politics longer and more completely than any other public figure. James Richardson, a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee, takes us from Brown's childhood, through his years as Speaker of the State Assembly, to his election as San Francisco's mayor. Along the way we get a riveting, behind-the-scenes account of three decades of California politics. This is the first comprehensive biography of Willie Brown, one of California's most enduring and controversial politicians. Audacious, driven, talented--Brown has dominated California politics longer and more completely than any other public figure. James Richardson, a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee, takes us from Brown's childhood, through his years as Speaker of the State Assembly, to his election as San Francisco's mayor. Along the way we get a riveting, behind-the-scenes account of three decades of California politics.
 

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An informed and entertaining biography of the San Francisco mayor and longtime speaker of the California State Assembly. Sacramento Bee senior writer Richardson finds the origins of Brown's most ... Read full review

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Willie Brown, the current mayor of San Francisco, served as speaker of the California Assembly longer than anyone in the state's history (1980-95). Richardson, a senior writer for the Sacramento Bee ... Read full review

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James Richardson is a former senior writer for The Sacramento Bee who has covered Willie Brown and the California Legislature for the past decade. Currently he is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

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