Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown (Hardcover)
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, 28 years later in his remarkable return to power, Jerry Brown would propound an alternative menu of American values: the restoration of the California economy while balancing the state budget, leadership in the international campaign to combat climate change and the aggressive defense of California's immigrants, no matter by which route they arrived. It was a blend of compassion, far-sightedness and pragmatism that the nation would be wise to consider.
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 off beat 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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"Jerry Brown gets the biography he deserves...Man of Tomorrow, is a thoughtful look at the governor who shaped the state that has always reached the American future before the rest of the country. It is the play of this man of the mind against the experience of a veteran newsman that makes this volume a formidable contribution to the history of both the state and the country."—David Shribman, Los Angeles Times
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."
project, having spent 25 years covering California government as a
reporter, columnist, editorial-page editor, and editor at large for the Los
Angeles Times. All of which is needed to trace the political life of one
of the more thoughtful, influential, enigmatic, and resilient public servants
in modern America. Newton avoids the quicksand of detail while still
laying out the issues closest to Brown's heart and the political races he
ran...Very nearly a must for the politics collection."
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."
"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
"In his splendid and fascinating book, Man of Tomorrow, Newton deftly traces the myriad reasons for Brown's stumbles and successes against the background of California's changing political demography. Brown gave the author exceptional access and Newton has responded with a revealing portrait of him and an important commentary on California. Whatever readers think of Brown, they will leave this book feeling that they know this hitherto enigmatic politician. That's quite an accomplishment."—Lou Cannon, author ofGovernor Reagan and President Reagan
the most intriguing and misunderstood figures in American history. To follow
the man who was known as Governor Moonbeam and Linda Ronstadt's boyfriend-but
who was also the savvy pol who saved the state of California-is a strange and
fascinating trip. There is no better guide than Jim Newton, a vivid and
insightful writer who knows his subject cold."
excellent job weaving California's modern history with the legacy of Jerry Brown,
its longest-serving governor. His book captures the complexities of a man who
is both a bold visionary and a practical leader, someone who transformed
California into the model for fighting climate change while building the
fifth-largest economy in the world."
"In Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown, Jim Newton captures how the story of California parallels with the story of Jerry Brown. Whether it was the movements for worker rights, fair elections, the environment, or the importance of balanced budgets-Jerry gave Californians a steady hand of leadership through times that shaped California into the state we have today."—U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, author of The Truths We Hold