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Warren G. Magnuson and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century America

Shelby Scates

  • Published: September 2015
  • Subject Listing: History / American History; Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir; Pacific Northwest / History
  • Bibliographic information: 403 pp., 49 bandw photos, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
  • Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography
  • Contents

Warren G. Magnuson served as U.S. senator from the state of Washington for six terms. The sheer sweep of his accomplishments is astonishing: authoring the 1964 Civil Rights Act, protecting Puget Sound, saving Boeing for Seattle, championing consumer protection legislation, reorganizing the railroads, and godfathering the electrification of the Pacific Northwest by pressing for Columbia and Snake River dams. He pushed for federal aid to education, kept Pentagon budgets down, and established the National Institutes of Health while arguing throughout the McCarthy era against U.S. isolation from China. He was also a whiskey-and-poker companion to Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson.
Shelby Scates was a prize-winning journalist and columnist for International News Service, United Press International, the Associated Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is the author of War and Politics by Other Means: A Journalist's Memoir.
Contents
Preface
Seattle, May 24, 1989
Fargo/Moorhead
Seattle, 1925
Mr. Smooth
Depression
Young Man in a Hurry
New Deal, New World, the "Soviet of Washington"
Mr. Magnuson Goes to Washington
"Ensign" Magnuson
Adonis from Congress
Horses, Flaxseed, and Dutiful Son
Commander Magnuson
War, Politics, and McGoozle
Senator Magnuson
The "Pol's Pol," the Playboy's Playboy
Cold War, Monkey Business
Maggie, Scoop, and Overdrafts
The Sinner and the Saint
American Prime Time
Camelot and Comeback
Triumph, Cuba, and Trouble
Bumblebees
Civil Rights: The Whole Load of Hay Falls on Maggie
The Sixties
Revival
"Scoop and Maggie"
The Prime of Public Interest
The Great Dictator
A Time to Go
Coming Home: The Green Light
Notes
Index
Reviews