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Basic Brown : my life and our times
Brown, Willie L. (Willie Lewis), Jr., 1934-
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2008]

Physical Description:
xi, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Willie Brown, who are you kidding? -- Willie Brown is not kidding -- Consensus and power -- Sex scandals and the socializing politician -- The power of clothes : don't pull a Dukakis -- Black politics and racism today -- Women in American politics today -- Asking for money is part of the business -- My solution to the campaign finance mess -- Should one politician call the cops on another? -- A black teenager arrives in San Francisco -- Phil Burton, Herb Caen, Jesse Unruh and me -- My own family life -- Gay rights : how some historic legislation was really made -- Starting on my rise to power -- Stabbed in the back on the way up -- The assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk -- Loyalty and betrayal on the way to the top -- Elected speaker -- Old-time money scams -- "An offer like that could land us both in jail" -- My money raising principles -- Tricks the FBI played to try to get me -- TGun control; Nelson Mandela's California allies; and saving kingdergartens -- Sustaining speakership : most magnificent moment -- The godfather and the father of the house -- Why would you want to be mayor? -- Running for mayor -- Slick Willie : da mayor -- A mayor is actually supposed to solve problems -- The selfish : the killer dynamic of city politics -- Traction and no traction : muni and homelessness -- Restoring the city's crown jewel -- A football stadium and a sado-masochistic birthday party -- Schemers scorned -- Sacred cartel -- A mayor makes friends with warlords as well as with nice people -- The scared days and an urban legend -- The political life -- What is a politician?

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