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An Unlikely Journey

An Unlikely Journey

Waking Up from My American Dream

The keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, tells his remarkable and inspiring life story.

In the spirit of a young Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak.

But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country’s leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC–the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior–and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate.

Julian Castro’s story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one’s politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political

On Sale: October 16th 2018

Price: $28 / $36.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780316252164

Meet Julian Castro

  • Tishman Auditorium Vanderbilt Hall 40 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

    Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law with Maria Hinojosa

  • Instituto Cervantes 31 W Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    Chicago Ideas with Claudia Roma Edelman

  • 1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway) Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Free Library of Philadelphia with Tracey Matisak

  • Angelico Hall, Dominican University 20 Olive Avenue San Rafael, CA 94941

    Dominican University in partnership with Book Passage

  • 110 The Embarcadero Taube Family Auditorium San Francisco, 94105

    Commonwealth Club

  • 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

    Texas Book Festival

  • 307 Pearl Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78215

    San Antonio Book Festival's Get Lit Author Series with Joaquin Castro

  • Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street San Antonio, TX 78205

    San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon

  • 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132

    Miami Book Fair

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