Chuck McFadden is a veteran AP reporter who covered California politics in Sacramento for many years. He was also assistant to former CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles.
“An insightful look at a paradoxical political figure in the nation’s most populous and politically influential state.” - Booklist
“As thoughtful and concise an assessment of this enigma [Jerry Brown] as we're likely to get for a long time.” - Peter Schrag, Sacramento Bee
"While McFadden’s 180 pages would need to be tripled in length to cover Brown’s long career, I have read two other Brown bios and Trailblazer is now the best work available." - Randy Shaw, BeyondChron
"This examination of the qualities behind Brown’s longevity . . . is valuable reading for Californians and non-Californians as the nation finds itself a prisoner of conventional politics, stale thinking and tedious political rhetoric." - Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig