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Bizkaia to Boise: The Memoirs of Pete T. Cenarrusa
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The present book is the autobiography of Pete T. Cenarrusa, leader of Idaho's Basque community, who has served the citizens of Idaho for more than 47 years as an Idaho State representative, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Secretary of State.
“In these pages you will get a glimpse of the Pete Cenarrusa who was a steady, consistent presence in the lives of several generations of Idahoans. You will get some perspective on the teacher, coach, legislator, house speaker, secretary of state, confidante of governors (and critic of some), touchstone for the powerful, friend of the powerless, advocate for farmers, ranchers and sheepherders, and—always—champion of the Basques. What’s more, you will get a sense of the times in which Pete has lived, and the people, places, and causes that helped make him a patriot and statesman in two lands, half a world apart. There is no one I know in public life who is more respected, more admired and more beloved than Pete Cenarrusa. After reading this book, I think you’ll see why.” — C. L. “Butch” Otter, governor of Idaho, from the preface