This book tells the story of San Antonios ex-mayor Julian Castros childhood and life in politics. As a native San Antonian, I really enjoyed this book because of all of the little details that only mean something to someone from there. I attended the same middle school and could relate to his experience there and in high school. I was surprised and appreciative of how honest he was about his competitiveness with his twin brother, Joaquin, and touched at the growth of their friendship in and after college. I had no idea about the influence of his grandmother and mother in his upbringing and encouragement to get into politics to fight for the people. I remember feeling a little left behind when he took up the position in HUD and decided to leave us as mayor. In this book he speaks as to why he left the city, and why he did not leave the city when he was offered a position years before. Overall, I thought this was great insight into the workings of local politics and insight into someone who wasnt handed everything, worked hard and sacrificed to get where he is today.
The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama shares his life story, recounting how his mother's political activism inspired his ascent from poverty to a successful political career.