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Man of Tomorrow

Man of Tomorrow

The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown

The extraordinary inside story of Governor Jerry Brown’s political impact in California and beyond, from an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author.

Jerry Brown is no ordinary politician. Like his state, he is eclectic, brilliant, unpredictable, and sometimes weird. And, as with so much that California invents and exports, Brown’s life story reveals a great deal about this country.

With the exclusive cooperation of Governor Brown himself, Jim Newton has written the definitive account of Jerry Brown’s life. The son of Pat Brown, who served as governor of California through the 1960s, Jerry would extend and also radically alter the legacy of his father through his own service in the governor’s mansion. As governor, first in the 1970s and then again, twenty-eight years later in his remarkable return to power, Jerry Brown would propound an alternative menu of American values: the restoration of the California economy, a balanced the state budget, leadership in the international campaign to combat climate change, and a staunch defense of all immigrants. It was a blend of compassion, far-sightedness, and pragmatism with the potential to transform a nation.

The story of Jerry Brown’s life is in many ways the story of California and how it became the largest economy in the United States. Man of Tomorrow traces the blueprint of Jerry Brown’s offbeat risk taking: equal parts fiscal conservatism and social progressivism. Jim Newton also reveals another side of Jerry Brown, the once-promising presidential candidate whose defeat on the national stage did nothing to diminish the scale of his political, intellectual, and spiritual ambitions.

To the same degree that California represents the future of America, Jim Newton’s account of Jerry Brown’s life offers a new way of understanding how politics works today — and how it could work in the future.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political

On Sale: May 12th 2020

Price: $30 / $38 (CAD)

Page Count: 448

ISBN-13: 9780316392464

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One of LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020
"Newton brings his deep knowledge of California politics to an engaging, sympathetic biography of the state's 34th and 39th governor, Jerry Brown ...Newton follows all of Brown's ups and downs in a fluid, highly readable biography. A well-delineated portrait of an accomplished leader."—Kirkus Reviews, starred
"Jim Newton tells Brown's story, finding in it the seeds of possibility for an America that is truly great."—LitHub
"This is a powerful and entertaining look at California's one and only Jerry Brown. Newton gives the definitive account of Jerry's life and of the times and state that produced him. Man of Tomorrow is an important contribution to the history of California and the nation -- and an especially important one today."—Governor Gavin Newsom
"A quirky, brilliant iconoclast, Jerry Brown led California twice-four decades apart. Newton's engrossing retelling of Brown's remarkable career and the history he lived and shaped is a must read for students of politics!"
David Axelrod, author of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics
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