Jesse Marvin Unruh acquired a national political reputation despite the fact that he never gained office above the California governmental level. He spent sixteen years (1955-1970) in the state legislature, seven of them as assembly speaker. While there he secured passage of moderate-liberal legislation and upgraded the quality of the state legislature to the number one position in the nation.
Jackson K. Putnam is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Putnam received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is also author of Old-Age Politics in California and Modern California Politics.
Chapter 1 Introduction and Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Youth: From Land to Sea, 1922-1945 Chapter 3 Studying, Working, and Running, 1945-1954 Chapter 4 The Legislator: Apprenticeship, 1955-1957 Chapter 5 The Road to the Speaker's Chair, 1958-1961 Chapter 6 The Speaker: Unruh and His System 1961-1968 Chapter 7 The Speaker's Agenda: Political, Socio-economic, and Cultural Chapter 8 The Speaker and the Governor: Pat Brown, 1962-1966 Chapter 9 The Speaker and the Governor: Ronald Reagan, 1967-1968 Chapter 10 Reagan, Unruh, and RFK in the 1968 Election Chapter 11 Minority Leader and Free Agent, 1969-1970 Chapter 12 The Race for Governor, 1970 Chapter 13 The Treasurer: An Overview of Unruh's Post-Legislative Career, 1970-1987 Chapter 14 Summary and Epilogue Chapter 15 Bibliography