An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream

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 exp The keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian ...

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Title:An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream
Author:Julian Castro
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:0316252166
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream Reviews

  • Susan
    Mar 12, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

  • Nan
    Jan 15, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

  • Trish
    Mar 22, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

  • Paul L'Herrou
    Dec 08, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

    A real tale of the American dream. ...

    *Received as a Goodreads Giveaway* Castro spends a decent amount of time recounting his childhood and school age years then skims through his adulthood. This memoir is not a "Dreams from My Father" level book, but it gives you a decent idea of who Castro is, where he comes from, and wh...

    Moved this up in my TBR since he?s in the news. Excellent biography, and since he narrated it I?ll add engaging speaker. I remember being impressed by his speech in 2012, and the book was a good reminder of why. ...

    Clearly a campaign autobiography. Very engaging, up from a difficult childhood with his twin brother to Stanford to Harvard Law to politics. Very personal and inspiring. Waiting to see what is next in his life. ...

  • Carol
    Dec 22, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

  • Shannonmde
    Mar 19, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

  • Sofia The Great
    Feb 13, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

  • Carol
    Jan 12, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

  • Meepspeeps
    Oct 29, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

    A real tale of the American dream. ...

    *Received as a Goodreads Giveaway* Castro spends a decent amount of time recounting his childhood and school age years then skims through his adulthood. This memoir is not a "Dreams from My Father" level book, but it gives you a decent idea of who Castro is, where he comes from, and wh...

    Moved this up in my TBR since he?s in the news. Excellent biography, and since he narrated it I?ll add engaging speaker. I remember being impressed by his speech in 2012, and the book was a good reminder of why. ...

    Clearly a campaign autobiography. Very engaging, up from a difficult childhood with his twin brother to Stanford to Harvard Law to politics. Very personal and inspiring. Waiting to see what is next in his life. ...

    This is a quick reading memoir that honors the hard work and setbacks of his grandparents and parents. They built (and sometimes cracked) the foundation upon which he was able to obtain his college and professional degrees. He speaks of the lessons he learned from family members and te...

  • Leo
    Dec 28, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

    A real tale of the American dream. ...

  • Sherrie Pilkington
    Mar 04, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

  • Kevin
    Jan 22, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

  • Koren
    Feb 24, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

  • Belli Mor
    Mar 03, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

  • Jean
    Mar 20, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

  • Miguel Rodriguez Sr
    Jan 09, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

  • H.M. Ada
    Jan 27, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

  • John Bohnert
    Jan 21, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

  • Leona Sweet
    Jan 19, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

  • Thomas (Tom) Baynham
    Dec 29, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

  • Kevin Hall
    Dec 27, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

  • Lauren Stewart
    Dec 25, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

    A real tale of the American dream. ...

    *Received as a Goodreads Giveaway* Castro spends a decent amount of time recounting his childhood and school age years then skims through his adulthood. This memoir is not a "Dreams from My Father" level book, but it gives you a decent idea of who Castro is, where he comes from, and wh...

  • Irene Blea
    Jan 06, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

  • Anna-Leigh Moore
    Jan 07, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

  • Lexi Hill
    Oct 31, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

  • Geannie Bastian
    Dec 13, 2018

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...

    A good story of how 2 boys were able to overcome their poor lives and rise to great politicians. I wish he had told more about his adult life and I wish him good luck in his future choices of being a great political person. ...

    Before politicians run for the US presidency they write a book. This is a good one. ...

    A delightful and interesting read. I especially loved the way Castro shares his journey in a concise, relaxing and informative style. He willingly opens the doors of his life, whether high or low moments, and allows the reader to experience Castro's passion for family and public servic...

    A real tale of the American dream. ...

    *Received as a Goodreads Giveaway* Castro spends a decent amount of time recounting his childhood and school age years then skims through his adulthood. This memoir is not a "Dreams from My Father" level book, but it gives you a decent idea of who Castro is, where he comes from, and wh...

    Moved this up in my TBR since he?s in the news. Excellent biography, and since he narrated it I?ll add engaging speaker. I remember being impressed by his speech in 2012, and the book was a good reminder of why. ...

  • Darlene Wilson
    Jan 13, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

  • Rickk Montoya
    Jan 15, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

  • Michael
    Mar 07, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

  • BJ
    Jan 22, 2019

    I am attempting to read the books by those people running for president. There are too many running and that means too many books to read. This is a memoir of Julian Castro. He and his brother, Joaquin, are identical twins. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His grandmoth...

    A heartfelt and at times bittersweet story about the American dream. First, this is not a policy book. It touches on some policy, but it?s more about Castro?s relationship with politics as part of his American journey. In this book, Castro takes readers along that journey, shar...

    Memoirs are de rigueur for anyone aspiring to the presidency. And so they should be, to introduce themselves and to give us an idea from where their sense of duty emanates. Nonetheless, it is disconcerting to read the memoir of someone running for president in their forties who never m...

    A story much like my own. Julian has command of his story and a drive to provide America's Youth the opportunity for their own personal Unlikely Journey ...

    The American Dream Julian has lived a classic American success story -- from the poverty of west side San Antonio to the Cabinet. If he can show the policy chops for his presidential run, we could have a contender. ...

    I?m a big fan of Julián Castro, but this book was a bit disappointing. To be fair, I had a very high bar for political memoirs after reading Michelle Obama?s Becoming. As a San Antonio resident, in Castro?s old neighborhood no less, it was exciting to read about his family?s h...

    A quick and mildly entertaining read, but sorely lacking in any meaty indications of what a Castro presidency would look like. For a man who just declared, I was hoping this book would lead me to understand what he wants done, what his vision for America is. Instead, we got a watered d...

    Super quick and interesting read! Castro seems like a natural storyteller, I loved the writing. Such a valuable perspective on public service! ...

    I began getting into politics a few years ago, my freshman year of high school. I started watching the news more, listening to podcasts about political topics and issues, and read articles about all kinds of political things. Until this year though, I had not read a political book or a...

    ***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*** Julian Castro is a nice guy. He genuinely wants to help people and he's the sort of dude that tries to build bridges between people. He has a sense of community, of self, and of how important it is to bring those things together for the ...

    Reading this book made me very impressed with Julian Castro. ...

    A Worthy Presidential Candidate Castro gives us a decent chronological account of his unlikely journey to the upper tier of current progressive Democrats, starting with his grandmother?s crossing from the Mexican border as a young girl. He makes a compelling case for the power of ...

    Julian Castro is a candidate for the President of United States and this is his memoir of his family's humble beginnings. His grandmother, Mamo was forcefully pulled from her dying mother and sent with her sister across the border to live with relatives that they had never met before. ...

    To be honest, when Julian Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States I really didnt know much about him. I wanted to learn more so I ordered this book from the library. I learned that his granparents were Mexican immigrants and he and his identical twin brother w...

    I had a chance to meet Julián Castro a few weeks ago and was super impressed. His book confirmed some of my first impressions and added a little bit more. He is incredibly intelligent, introspective and driven. He seems to have gotten into politics genuinely to make a difference in th...

    It?s a nice perspective on the development of a person through the multi-generational struggles of his family. The lessons Castro learned from his family seem a little forced or interrupts the transition of life experiences. However, this point is driven that we are nothing unless we...

    I wasn?t crazy about his writing style but it is a great book in the sense that I got to learn more about Julian and his upbringing. He sounds like a very remarkable person who overcame all the obstacles growing up in a poor neighborhood of minorities and immigrants and went up to be...

    I?ve liked him since a ?Texas loves libraries? rally 8 years ago when he, his brother and mom all showed up at the Capitol. He?d do a fine job as president (although I?m not sure he?s my favorite yet) and an impressive job at the Department of Education. ...

    I will start by saying that I may be a bit biased because I've lived in San Antonio, Texas since 1977 approximately and am familiar with the Castro Bros., not the cuban siblings, but the chicanos. Although I didn't learn much new about Julian Castro and his family's roots and backgroun...

    I feel Julian Castro is perfect. Too perfect. might be unrelatable to the American people. ...

    Amazing book! Awesome book! Wonderful writing of your family?s journey to America and how your life was decided by their lives! Go Julian! You will be president some day! ...

    This is an interesting look at a unique childhood. ...