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Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown

Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown

A book talk with Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times award-winning journalist and author

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
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“Jim Newton does an 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.”―U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein 

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.


Jim Newton spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter, editor, bureau chief, columnist, editor at large, and editor of the editorial pages. He was part of the paper’s coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the earthquake of 1994, for both of which the staff was awarded Pulitzer Prizes. Newton, who teaches at UCLA and founded the university’s Blueprint magazine, is also the author of two critically acclaimed bestselling biographies, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made and Eisenhower: The White House Years, and collaborated with Leon Panetta on his New York Times bestselling autobiography Worthy Fights.



Kal Raustiala is a professor at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. He has served as the Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations since 2007.



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