U.S. At War: Surprise in California

Rich, urbane Culbert Levy Olson, elderly matinee idol of Western politics, looks like the movies' conception of a Governor. Thick, white hair sets off his handsome, ruddy face. He has the half-weary smile, the resonant, half-weary voice of an elderly statesman. He likes to dress impeccably, smoke impeccably good cigars and espouse impeccably liberal ideas, not to say a few fancy pension schemes, if necessary.

But as Governor of California the last four years, Culbert Olson has had a wearily difficult time. A New Deal Democrat, he had to contend with a Republican...

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