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Concise, insightful, and enlivened by the events and personalities that colored the history of California, Trailblazer provides an intimate portrait of the pugnacious, adept politician who has bucked national trends to become a leader of one of the largest economies in the world.
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By Susie on 01-27-14
A Very Real and Quite Surprising Story
It’s almost impossible to condense all there is to write about California Governor Jerry Brown. Does one point to the numerous political accomplishments of a no B.S., get-things-done, governor-Democratic Chairman-Mayor-Attorney General-Governor?
Or, does one focus on Governor Moonbeam, the rock star-dating do-gooder who has, among other things, studied in both a Jesuit Seminary, and a Zen Monastery, worked with Mother Teresa, and was a CARE ambassador to flood victims in Bangladesh?
Lucky for me, I don’t have to make that choice. Chuck McFadden’s Trailblazer cover’s all the angles, and is a great read to boot.
You cannot be a Californian and read this book without swelling with pride. Jerry Brown made California the nation's leader in clean air reform, added jobs when the rest of the country was losing them, and got this fractious state to vote to raise taxes to save the economy.
Brown's journey has so many twists and turns it sounds like fiction, and there are plenty of celebrities and political hot-shots dotted along the path.
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