An Unlikely Journey

Waking Up from My American Dream

Author: Julian Castro

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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The keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, tells his remarkable and inspiring life story. In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.

An Unlikely Journey

Waking Up from My American Dream

Author: Julián Castro

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 225

View: 415

In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.

The Unlikely Journey

Author: Derek Stewart

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 286

View: 973

In the summer of 2008, 10 year old Coy Stewart shared his dream of becoming an actor with his parents. Their unwavering support of his dream changed the course of their lives...forever. Since that summer, Coy has appeared in a regional commercial for CARQUEST, performed on stage as Travis Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, guest starred on an episode of A&E's hit drama The Glades, and become a regular cast member of the PBS award winning children's show, The Electric Company. In 2010, Coy was cast as Kevin Kingston-Persons on the TBS hit sitcom, Are We There Yet? which filmed an astounding 100 episodes. The Unlikely Journey is the remarkable story of the Stewart family. Derek, Keisha, Coy, and Chayse. Follow them as they embark on an inspirational journey that will take them to places they never thought they would go and do things they never imagined they would do. Their true story is certain to inspire you and leave you believing that dreams do come true.

An Unlikely Journey

Author: Frank Stephenson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 355

View: 823

When geologist Dr. Fred Sager transferred to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, he thought it was too good to be true...he was right. Almost immediately, the project he was assigned to turned into a living nightmare when he stumbles upon an unusual plan by the military, under the Clinton administration, that could bring about mass death and destruction if allowed to proceed. Fred and his boss embark on a dangerous field trip on the island ́s active volcano when a freak storm sends Fred on an unlikely journey. It is during that time that he learns the truth. Upon his return, he is determined to prevent the government from unleashing the terrible consequences of their diabolical plan. But how? Fred´s own disdain for the government certainly tends to get in his way. He works for the same government as the military, but how can he over-ride Washington DC? His new sweetheart says she can help. If true, she ́s not been completely honest with Fred about her past.

An Unexpected Journey

The Story of Alexander Kingston

Author: Alaina Rae

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

View: 179

Alexander Kingston, a handsome young bartender in Reno, Nevada, wakes up in the middle of the night with a lump on his head and a killer headache. His wife is gone, and the bedside lamp is lying broken on the floor. To his horror, he discovers that his recurring nightmare escalated into real-life violence that nearly killed his wife while he was sleeping. Alex seeks help from his friend, Marco, a theatrical stage hypnotist, to see if hypnosis might help him stop the terrifying dreams. Imagine their surprise when deep in the hypnotic trance, Alex jumps back in time to a previous lifetime in Mexico in the year 1874, where the events he saw in his dreams took place.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 357

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Now a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

Retirementology

Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy

Author: Gregory Salsbury

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 673

Bonus content "What's Your Retirementology I.Q.?" included in this digital edition. Looking ahead to retirement? Depending on your circumstances and your age, you may no longer have any margin for error. And your emotions and irrational behavior could be perpetuating a dangerous cycle of overspending and rising debt that may shatter whatever vision of retirement you still have. Welcome to the world of Retirementology. Retirementology bridges retirement planning with investor psychology and the market Meltdown of 2008 to produce an entirely new way of thinking about how we spend, how we save, how we borrow, and how we invest. Financial mistakes are deeply rooted in human nature, but you may be able to overcome them--if you understand the breakthrough principles of behavioral economics and apply them in your own retirement planning. Dr. Gregory Salsbury identifies some of the classic cognitive biases and behavioral mistakes most of us keep making when it comes to retirement planning. For example: Why will people drive 45 minutes to use a $2.00 coupon? Why won’t people sell a poor performing stock just because they inherited it from grandma? Why do people spend differently with a credit card than they do with cash? Why do people believe that they paid no income taxes because they received a refund? You’ll learn why the financial meltdown has amplified the impact of these all-too-human cognitive mistakes and discover ideas for addressing them. The bottom line for your bottom line is that retirement can no longer be ignored, viewed as a single event, relegated to a “zone,” or romanticized. Instead, you must understand how every spending and financial decision you make from here on can impact the way you will spend your golden years. Retirementology attempts to help you do just that. Retirement planning: right brain versus left brain Why these different areas of the brain impact financial decisions--and what to do about it It’s real money! “De-layering” your finances How to overcome the psychological tricks that separate you from your money Family matters: managing financial support decisions for your extended family Choosing between your family or your retirement Get “long-term smart” How longevity, inflation, volatility, and your own expectations impact your retirement goals

A Dream So Big

Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger

Author: Steve Peifer

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 674

A Dream So Big is the story of Steve Peifer, a corporate manager who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants, who today helps provide daily lunches for over 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five national public schools, and maintains solar-powered computer labs at twenty rural African schools. Steve and his wife, Nancy, were enjoying a successful management career with one of America’s high tech corporate giants during the dot-com boom of the 1990’s when, in 1997, he and his wife Nancy discovered they were pregnant with their third child. Tragically, doctors said a chromosomal condition left their baby “incompatible with life.” The Peifers only spent 8 days with baby Stephen before he died. Seeking to flee the pain, Steve and Nancy began a pilgrimage that thrust them into a third-world setting where daily life was often defined by tragedy—drought, disease, poverty, hunger, and death. They didn’t arrive in the service of any divine calling, but the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubled hearts. A short-term, 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents for a Kenyan boarding school turned this ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero, and his story will inspire you to pursue similar lives of service.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Law

Page:

View: 614

The Miracle

The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth

Author: Michael Schuman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 949

“If you are interested in how Asia became an economic tiger, read The Miracle.” —New York Times An international bestseller, The Miracle by business journalist Michael Schuman offers a fascinating exploration of the most meaningful and far-reaching global event since World War II: the economic ascent of the Asian continent. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer calls The Miracle, “An amazing story and it’s all true,” while the New York Times praises Schuman for being, “not just a skilled reporter [but] also a gifted journalistic storyteller.” The Miracle is essential reading for anyone who truly wants to understand today’s—and tomorrow’s—world.