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Tony Castro
Los Angeles and Paris
TONY CASTRO is a Harvard and Baylor University-educated historian, Napoleonic scholar and author of several books, including the landmark civil rights history 'Chicano Power,' which Publishers Weekly acclaimed as “brilliant… a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time.”
Interests: Baseball, Beethoven's Brandenburg Concertos, watching my older son play and my younger son think, observing the inner and outer beauty of my wife, contemplating why God created the curveball, the musings of my Labrador Retriever Jeter.
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When the riots were unfolding 30 years ago, I was visiting Diana Ross's little brother Chico in a rehab center and talking to the superstar on a payphone -- assuring her that Chico was going to be OK and that while there was violence on the TV news, there was no riot yet. “Good, I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “People are always exaggerating.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Tony Castro's America
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MARIS & MANTLE: Two Yankees, Immortality and the Age of Camelot is the first, epic and true story of the Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle friendship forever intertwined in baseball history thanks to the unforgettable 1961 season, when the two Yankee icons spurred each other to new heights in pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2021 at Tony Castro's America
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With his new book, my Baylor journalism friend and colleague Tony Castro has become the country's go-to authority about all things regarding Maris & Mantle. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2021 at Tony Castro's America
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With the Covid Delta variant now making public book store signings so iffy, here's a no-contact safe way of getting your author-signed copy of the soon-to-be-released MARIS & MANTLE dual biography. @TriumphBooks #MarisMantle http://tonycastrobooks.com Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2021 at Tony Castro's America
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The iconic Mickey Mantle rookie photo comes to life. http://mickeymantle.live Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Tony Castro's America
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New York Times bestselling author Tony Castro talks about his new book "Maris & Mantle: Two Yankees, Immortality and the Age of Camelot," and the role of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in defining the 1960s in America. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Tony Castro's America
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A child faces removal from his exclusive pre-school when teachers discover his unusual habit of collecting 'lint.' Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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Alec Baldwin's 'Spaniard' wife became a beloved cover girl for Spanish 'Vanity Fair' and elsewhere until they, too, discovered she wasn't Mallorcan born but an American from Boston. Adios, los Ole's! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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The Latino vote once considered a lock in the Democratic coalition and crucial to the party’s prospects in 2016 and beyond is showing signs of possibly slipping away. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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The ghost of slain Chicano activist columnist Ruben Salazar cast a long shadow over Los Angeles writers tapped to follow in his footsteps. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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In the mid-1800s, the fertile land surrounding Waco in Central Texas attracted countless settlers from the Deep South who introduced slavery into the area. The 1860 Census was the last time the federal government took a count of the South’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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Los Angeless Times legendary book critic Robert Kirsch's 1974 review of 'Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America' by Tony Castro Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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Julian Castro’s nascent bid for the Democratic presidential running mate spot, along with his mantel as the rising star of Latino politics, may have gone south after Elizabeth Warren's steady demise in the early primary/caucus states. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at Tony Castro's America
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When I was wannabe debating champion in junior high school, I met my match in a girl whom I began calling Caroline. That wasn't her name. It was Carolyn. But this was 1961. John F. Kennedy had just become president, and his family, including his young daughter Caroline, was on almost every magazine cover in the world. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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From his greatness as an athlete and ballplayer — permanently marked by his injury in the 1951 World Series — to his raucous lifestyle in New York and later in Texas, author Tony Castro brings readers the highs and lows of Mantle’s life, creating an intimate portrait and a fascinating look at an American hero. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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Bestselling author talks about his life growing up with Mickey Mantle as his hero and the making of his latest book 'Mantle: The Best There Ever Was." Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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'Patriots and Tyrants: Latino Liberation in America' is historian and author Tony Castro’s remarkable account of the tyranny of Donald Trump and the campaign of racism and discrimination that he waged against Latinos to win the presidency in 2016 and then put into American public policy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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Jun 29, 2019
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Does Kamala Harris' debate takedown of Joe Biden possibly suggests that it's time to forgive the sins of four decades ago and campaign for president on promises for the redemption of America in the future. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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I was being wooed to write an unauthorized biography about the world’s most mysterious man since Howard Hughes, and I had insisted on at least getting a glimpse of the subject, if even from a distance, before I signed on. As it turned out, I would have a face-to-face meeting with Michael Jackson himself. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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How I met civil rights lawyer and activist Alex Casado. Excerpted from the forthcoming book New Kid in Town: The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 1978-1981, by Tony Castro. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Tony Castro's America
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Mickey Mantle spent his retirement enjoying golf, especially the 19th hole. My late friend Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican writer and diplomat, used to say that the only way you can come to know someone is by making sure you have... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Tony Castro's America