The Truths We Hold An American Journey From one of America s most inspiring political leaders a book about the core truths that unite us and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them in her own lif

  • Title: The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
  • Author: Kamala Harris
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  • From one of America s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.Senator Kamala Harris s commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakla From one of America s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.Senator Kamala Harris s commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice her parents an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California s working families Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data driven approach to many of California s thorniest issues, always eschewing stale tough on crime rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices Neither tough nor soft but smart on crime became her mantra Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality.By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 336 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Penguin Press More Details ASIN B07FC47R8D Edition Language English Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Truths We Hold, please sign up Popular Answered Questions From friends reading this, Id be interested to know how Harris record on criminal justice practices within her own office as a prosecutor Recent NYTimes coverage here play into her own narrative, if at all like 14 days ago See all 3 answers Carmen Hartono Having just finished her book, I feel confirmed that Harris is much multidimensional than a career prosecutor Her passion for social justice is Having just finished her book, I feel confirmed that Harris is much multidimensional than a career prosecutor Her passion for social justice is based on her desire to get to the truth.I am also rereading The New Pearl Harbor, and remembering the painful period when we had not only suffered a horrific attack, but our government seemed to have a condescending attitude toward its citizenry with regards to the truth surrounding the events of 9 11 01.With all the questions surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it is refreshing to have a US Senator who is willing to ask the tough questions less flag See 2 questions about The Truths We Hold Lists with This Book Women s biographies 2019 202 books 27 voters Memoir Published in Year 2019 74 books 20 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 19, 2019 Michael rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.An engaging memoir from the junior U.S Senator for California, The Truths We Hold sketches the author s early life, political career, and 2020 campaign platform Over the course of ten short chapters Kamala Harris alternates between recounting her personal history and outlining her vision for the nation the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris positions herself as a progressive liberal capable My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.An engaging memoir from the junior U.S Senator for California, The Truths We Hold sketches the author s early life, political career, and 2020 campaign platform Over the course of ten short chapters Kamala Harris alternates between recounting her personal history and outlining her vision for the nation the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris positions herself as a progressive liberal capable of building an expansive coalition of voters and achieving wide ranging reforms once in office The memoir tests out potential slogans and reads as fairly cautious, in that Harris shies away from advocating democratic socialism, qualifies many of her bolder proposals, and takes great pains to defend her past as a prosecutor Flashes of rage about the past three years make the memoir worth reading, and while I didn t learn as much about Harris s future platform as I would have liked, the author s description of her lifelong passion for social justice is memorable flag 64 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 27, 2019 Trish rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, government, nonfiction, memoir, politics, america, autobiography, family It is difficult to critique political memoirs without seeming to be critical the high minded ideals these writers espouse Kamala Harris appears outside the norm for the kind of Washington politician we ve put up with these past twenty years Formerly Attorney General of California, she had to find solutions to big thorny problems that plagued governance of that state If she didn t solve the problems for all time, she always came down fighting for the side of individuals against corporate ent It is difficult to critique political memoirs without seeming to be critical the high minded ideals these writers espouse Kamala Harris appears outside the norm for the kind of Washington politician we ve put up with these past twenty years Formerly Attorney General of California, she had to find solutions to big thorny problems that plagued governance of that state If she didn t solve the problems for all time, she always came down fighting for the side of individuals against corporate entities, big business, or thoughtless, inadequate government Early on in this memoir Senator Harris speaks with some awe of the work of Maura Healy, current Attorney General of Massachusetts, who has been firm in defending statewide consumer protections in that state unlike any other She mentions the work now Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has done to protect consumers from predatory lending practices and investment scams of big banks, or the greed of big pharma Harris own work is strictly in this vein Criminal justice reform, racial justice, environmental protections, wage equality, regulation of banks and corporation, fair practices for consumers For a woman who has never served in the military, no one could ever argue this woman doesn t know what war looks like She has investigated the heart of drug smuggling from Mexico, immigration, sex trafficking, and other rough criminal ventures that make our hair curl She knows what government power means and when and how to use it She s tough And disciplined And principled.After seeing how the country suffers when the presidency is filled by someone inadequate to the demands of the job, we should ever be grateful that someone of Harris gifts stands up to take on the brutality we ve witnessed in Washington Harris is the winged goddess Nemesis wielding a sword she is implacable justice, avenger of crime It will be bloody but it will be over when she s done.Until Donald Trump and and I am convinced that election was not a fair demonstration of the national will , we ve never elected someone with as little support from the major parties Democrats now have very little patience left for what is the husk of a Republican Party, and Republicans appear to detest what Democrats stand for Harris will not be a cross over candidate She will be vengeance.This book is an introduction to Harris and is very good for that Kamala was born in Oakland in the sixties of a Jamaican economist father, and a Tamil Indian endocrinologist mother who d met at Berkeley during the civil rights movement She and a sister, Maya, who is two years younger, were brought up by her single parent mother after the breakup of her parents while she was still a child She married Douglas Emhoff, a lawyer, in 2014 Emhoff had two children during a previous marriage.Harris begins her book talking about her youth and the importance of recognizing that our nation has been enriched by immigration She is proud of her black heritage and chose Howard University for her undergraduate degree and graduated University of CA Hastings College of Law in 1989 She admits to terrible embarrassment at failing the CA bar the first time, but her employers supported her next, successful attempt.Harris began as Deputy District Attorney in San Francisco, then won the race for District Attorney in San Francisco in 2003 By 2004 she d begun a program called Back on Track, to help youthful nonviolent offenders to get back into the community through work The program was considered a success though it had a low graduation rate and was instituted in several other counties and eventually became state law.When Harris won the election for CA State Attorney General in 2010, the race tally was so close the election results were not announced for three weeks One of her first successes was against banks liable after the sub prime mortgage crisis, winning 26 billion from the banks, including 12 million for homeowners As AG, Harris initiated investigations into sex and drug trafficking, hate crimes, environmental degradation, predatory lending, school truancy and foster care, as well as prison conditions and sentencing reform.Barbara Boxer announced she was going to retire as Senator to CA in 2016, and Harris was one of the first to announce her candidacy for Boxer s seat Harris is generally well regarded at home in CA and among those who search for and vet candidates for high national office like Supreme Court and Attorney General of the U.S There has been some grumbling that Harris defends misconduct by law enforcement, but overall these complaints have not hurt her popularity in the state Harris won the congressional election against Loretta Sanchez with 62% of the vote, winning in all but four counties Since being in Washington, Senator Harris has been a hard hitting and outspoken critic of Trump s policies and the Democratic Party now considers her a front runner for president We learn that her name Kamala COMMA la means lotus, a flower that blooms above the water while its roots are planted in mud That s quite a visual for a successful presidency.I listened to the audio of this read by the author and produced by Penguin Audio It is a successful sprint through the high points of a career not yet over We get a sense of her personality, her drive, her family and friends She is quite an opponent flag 23 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Trish Thanks, Susan I don t have energy enough to read all the political memoirs due to come out this spring for instance Starbuck s Howard Schultz runnin Thanks, Susan I don t have energy enough to read all the political memoirs due to come out this spring for instance Starbuck s Howard Schultz running as an Independent but I hope we can share the wealth Schultz kind of annoyed me when he claimed Dems wanted free health care for all Frankly, I have never seen this be credibly argued We re going to pay for it one way or another updated Jan 28, 2019 10 32AM jo Thanks Trish, this is good KH is getting formidable attacks in the media including social media and I tend to see this as a good sign 9 minutes ago Jan 21, 2019 Deanna rated it really liked it Pleased to be finishing this one on MLK day and the day Harris announced her candidacy This was an interesting read, a little slow in the middle The first and last chapters were my favorites, showcasing her origins and her exhortations for the future It gave me that little extra insight into a potential when I started it candidate that I was looking for The threshold question I m holding for any candidate in the current cycle, beyond the basics of whether I find their values and track reco Pleased to be finishing this one on MLK day and the day Harris announced her candidacy This was an interesting read, a little slow in the middle The first and last chapters were my favorites, showcasing her origins and her exhortations for the future It gave me that little extra insight into a potential when I started it candidate that I was looking for The threshold question I m holding for any candidate in the current cycle, beyond the basics of whether I find their values and track record acceptable, and what I think of their platform and agenda, is this Can he or she go toe to toe with whoever, whatever, whenever, wherever, to get the job done If I can get behind what I think they stand for and accept their record of integrity and effectiveness, this will help set the candidates apart Whatever gender, ethnicity, age or or other demographic, do they have the presence, personal power, displaying to the outside a depth of inner fortitude and grace, to do the job in deeply trying times and far from ideal or supportive circumstances Culturally, historically, it can be a tougher standard for some demographics than others to convincingly demonstrate publicly I m questioning it for everyone, of every demographic, whether minority or majority, in power suits or jeans, dresses or other cultural garb The traditional power signals our culture is used to responding to may be evolving or crumbling, but power signaling remains a reality in leadership There were some interesting, sometimes unexpected, strong and weak signalers in the midterms Who will signal clearly, with real strength, authentically and humanely, in this race This book didn t rule out Harris for me in that regard, and made a good case for keeping her in mind as one to watch for having that particular right stuff flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 11, 2019 Kristin rated it really liked it review of another edition I am proud to call Kamala Harris my Senator As a San Fransisco native I have watched her career and have now had the pleasure to vote for her a few times It was nice to read about her family history, to read about where she came from and how she worked her way up to her current position I also really enjoyed reading about things that I remember occurring in real life and seeing it from her perspective I liked reading about how she fought for criminal justice reform, how she negotiated during I am proud to call Kamala Harris my Senator As a San Fransisco native I have watched her career and have now had the pleasure to vote for her a few times It was nice to read about her family history, to read about where she came from and how she worked her way up to her current position I also really enjoyed reading about things that I remember occurring in real life and seeing it from her perspective I liked reading about how she fought for criminal justice reform, how she negotiated during the mortgage crisis, and how she fought for the laws and brought about change through her positions within government I also enjoyed her perspective on the gay rights gay marriage issue in SF It was cool to read about it from her side Such an amazing time in our city, state, and country I obviously think Kamala is boss but I really did think the book was well written and a very informative view from the inside I give it flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 11, 2019 Beth rated it liked it Believing that Ms Harris will be announcing her run for President, I wanted to learn about her I always try to go to the source whenever possible, so I figured this would be a great place to start The book is interesting, and my overwhelming thought upon finishing it If anyone wants to know what her platform would be, it s here Some things are highlighted than others, but it s all here her priorities, why, some of the things she has done, etc So for anyone wanting informat Believing that Ms Harris will be announcing her run for President, I wanted to learn about her I always try to go to the source whenever possible, so I figured this would be a great place to start The book is interesting, and my overwhelming thought upon finishing it If anyone wants to know what her platform would be, it s here Some things are highlighted than others, but it s all here her priorities, why, some of the things she has done, etc So for anyone wanting information on this woman that showed up out of the blue for anyone not in Cali and who has been making waves with her questioning start here and branch out It will give you to think about for sure flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 20, 2019 Jean rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio book, autobiography, memoir, non fiction, politics I have followed Kamala Harris career since she was the District Attorney of San Francisco When she was Attorney General of California, I impressed with her prosecution of the banks during the mortgage crisis She has done a good job as Senator representing California.The book is well written Harris reveals her early life and career She also points out that she was tossed into the civil rights problems from the beginning because her mother is a Tamil Indian and her father is a black and both I have followed Kamala Harris career since she was the District Attorney of San Francisco When she was Attorney General of California, I impressed with her prosecution of the banks during the mortgage crisis She has done a good job as Senator representing California.The book is well written Harris reveals her early life and career She also points out that she was tossed into the civil rights problems from the beginning because her mother is a Tamil Indian and her father is a black and both were active in the civil rights movement Her mother immigrated from Madras, India and her father from Jamaica Both her parents are highly educated her mother as a breast cancer scientist and her father as an economics professor at Stanford University The book follows the usual type of memoir of a new politician in that it is part personal memoir but mostly an outline of her beliefs, positions, and goals Instead of being written in chronological order, the chapters follow various key topics Harris is a young highly educated woman of color and fits the diversity requirements this country needs of its politicians to better represent the country I plan on continuing to follow her career and her writings.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is nine hours and twenty six minutes Harris does a good job narrating the book flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 08, 2019 Katie rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 Kamala Harris is a badass While I am from CA originally, I currently live and vote in Texas, so sadly she is not my senator However, I ve taken notice of her over the last two years as she has had greater presence on the national stage fighting for human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility I enjoyed learning about her life, family, career, and political platform She is one I will be watching as the field of democratic candidates takes shape for 2020 flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 12, 2019 Ericka Clouther rated it really liked it Shelves election 2020, 2019, 2010s, author female, nonfiction, politics, politics d, memoir, writer poc, 0 borrowed This is a hard book to rate or review because the substance is great, but I really think the order of the topics hurts her case Like some of the other Election 2020 memoirs that are coming out the substance is policy than a memoir I m generally a fan of that concept as I want to know what the candidates stand for, but that generally makes for bad memoirs But okay, if we re going to learn about what Kamala stands for, do we want to start for criminal justice reform I don t think that s t This is a hard book to rate or review because the substance is great, but I really think the order of the topics hurts her case Like some of the other Election 2020 memoirs that are coming out the substance is policy than a memoir I m generally a fan of that concept as I want to know what the candidates stand for, but that generally makes for bad memoirs But okay, if we re going to learn about what Kamala stands for, do we want to start for criminal justice reform I don t think that s the winning focus for 2020, but because she was faking the memoir style, she started with her career expertise The beginning felt extremely weak and boring and that was unideal She should have started with economics and global warming probably in terms of election importance and actual importance I almost quit reading the book before she hit her stride I m glad I didn t though because towards the end I felt a lot persuaded by her thinking.I particularly like how she talks about data collection in developing solutions in public policy Some years ago I read the Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo book, Poor Economics, about this very topic, and I found it to be a complete game changer in the way I think about policy data flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 13, 2019 Bonnie rated it it was amazing This book discusses policy and vision through the lens of personal experience, which made it engaging and approachable Senator Harris is smart, insightful, and pragmatic about addressing systemic issues that disproportionately affect people of color in the United States I highly recommend this book Senator Harris makes an excellent case for why she should earn our 2020 presidential vote flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Vanessa Ogbeide rated it it was amazing review of another edition Kamala Harris has proven many times over that she is a fighter for systemic change and American values Her efforts in many instances have been trail blazing and enfranchising of many along the way I am proud to give her my support in 2020 and beyond flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Mike marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves american campaign trail I had a frightening dream this past week It was the year 2020 The Democrats had put up a very, very old but somehow still alive Richard Nixon against Trump, and I was so disgusted that I decided not to vote Come election night which was rainy and foreboding, by the way , it turned out that some other candidate, whose name I didn t even know, had won the election maybe he d somehow taken the Democratic nomination from Nixon at the last moment but I couldn t find any information about the I had a frightening dream this past week It was the year 2020 The Democrats had put up a very, very old but somehow still alive Richard Nixon against Trump, and I was so disgusted that I decided not to vote Come election night which was rainy and foreboding, by the way , it turned out that some other candidate, whose name I didn t even know, had won the election maybe he d somehow taken the Democratic nomination from Nixon at the last moment but I couldn t find any information about the man I flipped from channel to channel, but all I could find were inanities or commentators celebrating the fact that Trump had lost they were truly happy about that, I supposed I was too but who was the new president His surname sounded vaguely Romanian Kurucs, I think , and there was talk of a scandal involving a dead man s bed Then I woke up It s hard to describe the relief I felt as I came to my senses the Democrats hadn t nominated Dracula, nor a calculating, scandal prone fraud whose true essence was unknowable not since 2016, anyway Oh well Just a dream flag 4 likesLike see review mark There s your candidate Once you asked me who I thought the Dems should would put up for 2020 She fits their agenda It s going to be a brutal figh There s your candidate Once you asked me who I thought the Dems should would put up for 2020 She fits their agenda It s going to be a brutal fight for the soul of America, trying to answer the question, Who are we Jan 28, 2019 08 30AM Mike Yeah, I don t know that much about her, but something tells me I should start to learn I m not that optimistic I ve read some worrying things about Yeah, I don t know that much about her, but something tells me I should start to learn I m not that optimistic I ve read some worrying things about her time as attorney general I heard a clip of her recently saying, I m prepared to fight, and I believe it will be a winning fight , andyeah, something inside of me died Jan 28, 2019 09 11AM Jan 15, 2019 Trevor Church rated it it was amazing She s presidential So is this book She s presidential So is this book flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 11, 2019 P.S Winn rated it really liked it I have a feeling the author of this book is a rising star and may even some day be in the line up for president of the United States The author talks the truth and how who we are and where we come from effect not only our life, but the lives of those around us flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Garrett Hall rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I am very proud to be a constituent of Senator Harris In my view, she has consistently been a powerful, needed voice in the Senate I wanted to read her pre presidential campaign book to learn about her family background, what influenced her growing up, understand what she did as a prosecutor, DA, and AG, and about her thoughts on our political climate and policy proposals I found her story and writing beautiful, powerful, witty, and hilarious I especially appreciated the Wedding Bells c I am very proud to be a constituent of Senator Harris In my view, she has consistently been a powerful, needed voice in the Senate I wanted to read her pre presidential campaign book to learn about her family background, what influenced her growing up, understand what she did as a prosecutor, DA, and AG, and about her thoughts on our political climate and policy proposals I found her story and writing beautiful, powerful, witty, and hilarious I especially appreciated the Wedding Bells chapter, the What I ve Learned chapter, the excerpts of constituent letters, transcripts of her questions from senate hearings and meetings with the general counsels of big banks during the housing crisis The descriptions of those events confirm what we have seen in Senate hearings Kamala Harris is a fierce passionate fighter However, I also hoped to read an acknowledgement of the wariness people feel about her role as a prosecutor, an understanding of why she pursued that side of the law, and an atonement for any career or policy regrets such as her impact as a prosecutor, her fight against truancy, decisions regarding transgender inmates, and vote on SESTA FOSTA I appreciated her comments on the first two above, but did not see any thoughts on the latter, which maybe would ve been unprecedented for a pre campaign book, but one I think is necessary In the last chapter she showed a determination to talk about policies in a way of Let s give it a try rather than saying this is the Plan and it will be successful I appreciate this, look forward to seeing her talk this way on the campaign trail, and hope to see that forthright demeanor when talking about policies and actions that she regrets, learned from, and would do differently Ultimately this book was a beautiful honoring of her mother Shyamala Harris, and a notable telling of the truths and fight we have ahead of us flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Mehrsa rated it really liked it As far as ghost written political memoirs go, this is not the best I ve read, but it s also not annoying I wanted to know about Kamala Harris and now I know My biggest takeaway is that she s not a big institutional thinker She sees things like a prosecutor For example, in dealing with the banking crisis, she wanted to charge the banks with wrong doing and she settled with them due to frauds and deceptions Same with her takes on other laws who did something wrong and how can they As far as ghost written political memoirs go, this is not the best I ve read, but it s also not annoying I wanted to know about Kamala Harris and now I know My biggest takeaway is that she s not a big institutional thinker She sees things like a prosecutor For example, in dealing with the banking crisis, she wanted to charge the banks with wrong doing and she settled with them due to frauds and deceptions Same with her takes on other laws who did something wrong and how can they be punished Her moral compass seems right on these things, but I didn t see her really step back and look at the flaws in the system Why did the crisis happen She clearly understands the complexities of crime and criminal justice, but I don t share her perspective that it s about putting bad guys in prison Look, I ll vote for whoever the Democrat is in 2020, but I guess Harris is not my top choice at this moment flag 6 likesLike see review Hardy The issue with political biographies are sins of omission It is hard to understand a politician without all the details because personality differenc The issue with political biographies are sins of omission It is hard to understand a politician without all the details because personality difference are magnified by power and influence For instance, there was an English king that sent ships into battle because he was in the presence of a lot of women when asked about it higher testosterone , which won the battle, and helped win a war From what I understand, the proverbial tails that wags the dog in American politicians is their sex life and campaign donors I don t read many political memoirs, because there is rarely truth on those matters updated Feb 01, 2019 07 57AM Jan 29, 2019 Katelyn Attanasio rated it liked it I m glad I got on the holds list for this at the library right before Harris announced her presidential candidacy, since the primary purpose of the book really seems to be an explanation of her platform Harris goes fairly in depth on her experience, as well as on the reasons for the parts of her record that folks have been critical of While some of those actions are not ones that I agree with, I was at least able to see where she was coming from with them once given a background I d suggest a I m glad I got on the holds list for this at the library right before Harris announced her presidential candidacy, since the primary purpose of the book really seems to be an explanation of her platform Harris goes fairly in depth on her experience, as well as on the reasons for the parts of her record that folks have been critical of While some of those actions are not ones that I agree with, I was at least able to see where she was coming from with them once given a background I d suggest anyone interested in the 2020 Democratic primary give this one a read, even if you re already settled on which candidate you ll be supporting flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Ietrio rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves junk Another unscrupulous politician lying all the way to the voting booth.The unpleasant is pushed under the rug, the presumed positive is inflated Business as usual.I clearly don t get the US politics I get the mindless tribalism that make Harris good because she is ours But beyond that it s over me One should not prize a generously paid government bureaucrat for doing their job, the same way I won t give a Senatorial job with all the perks to the dry cleaner JUST for not ruining my leather c Another unscrupulous politician lying all the way to the voting booth.The unpleasant is pushed under the rug, the presumed positive is inflated Business as usual.I clearly don t get the US politics I get the mindless tribalism that make Harris good because she is ours But beyond that it s over me One should not prize a generously paid government bureaucrat for doing their job, the same way I won t give a Senatorial job with all the perks to the dry cleaner JUST for not ruining my leather coat And one should certainly not take into account the intention when people like Harris abuse their powers, the same way I would not be well impressed when the local busybody burns down the neighbor s house because they thought the mosquito they saw was carrying zika and used a blowtorch to hunt it down flag 4 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 16, 2019 Christine B rated it really liked it Shelves politics A good intro to Kamala Harris as a candidate She doesn t deal with all the controversial stuff, but I wouldn t expect her to in a book like this Does a good job laying out her positions on a wide array of issues and why she thinks those issues are important flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Dustin rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobooks, y 2019, politics The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, is a must read Harris, the junior senator from California, and a 2020 presidential candidate, writes a stirring political memoir She guides readers through her upbringing in CA, a daughter of educated immigrants, her own education at Howard University and UC Berkeley, showing how she was shaped by her surroundings and what prompted her to embrace a life of public service From a career as a prosecutor to District Attorney in San Francisco, to Attorney Gene The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, is a must read Harris, the junior senator from California, and a 2020 presidential candidate, writes a stirring political memoir She guides readers through her upbringing in CA, a daughter of educated immigrants, her own education at Howard University and UC Berkeley, showing how she was shaped by her surroundings and what prompted her to embrace a life of public service From a career as a prosecutor to District Attorney in San Francisco, to Attorney General of California to her present role as Senator, Harris has been consistent in her performance and resolute in her fight for justice Now to policy Harris discusses Obamacare and rising health care and medication costs, the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform from bail to parole housing, etc , the military, immigration, and so much Not a fan of our current bail system, we shouldn t be in the business of charging money in exchange for liberty Hard to argue with her there When discussing the opioid epidemic, our ambition has to be to get them help It s time that we all accept that addiction is a disease It s time we recognize that addiction doesn t discriminate and our laws shouldn t either In politics, plenty is said on this, but little is done In politics, Harris believes in testing hypotheses Cast bold visions, create hypotheses, test them and when needed, make changes Politicians aren t given enough opportunities to test and make mistakes Harris brings to mind FDR when she says blind adherence to tradition should not be the measure of success And unlike our current president, she takes her word choices very seriously Words are incredibly powerful And people in power, whose words can carry furthest and fastest, have an obligation, a duty, to speak them with precision and wisdom I highly recommend this book to all Americans, and urge everyone to consider voting for her in 2020.Note updated on Jan 25 to reflect her official presidential bid announcement flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Colette rated it really liked it Technically, I would give this book 3.5 stars Kamala Harris s The Truths We Hold feels rushed It feels like it needs time in the oven The writing is a bit rough It wasn t well organized and jumps around from personal reflection to political streams of consciousness The writing didn t offer a continuity of a memoir It felt political stump speech with some sprinkling of personal information Per usual, the writing felt guarded like political memoirs I have read Senator Harris Technically, I would give this book 3.5 stars Kamala Harris s The Truths We Hold feels rushed It feels like it needs time in the oven The writing is a bit rough It wasn t well organized and jumps around from personal reflection to political streams of consciousness The writing didn t offer a continuity of a memoir It felt political stump speech with some sprinkling of personal information Per usual, the writing felt guarded like political memoirs I have read Senator Harris has quite the robust resume and I enjoyed learning a touch about her, though this book left me yearning I am sure it was meant to be published before she announces her run for 2020 The book does suffer from political cliches and familiar political slogans In my opinion, this book would have much better if was published two to three years from now I want to see what bills she was able to get passed and effectively legislated Regardless, I d recommend this book to people wanting to know about this rising Democratic star flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Edwina I LoveBooks Deb rated it it was amazing review of another edition I didn t know much about Mrs Harris but after reading her book I have learned a lot She is highly educated, very intelligent from a multi culture family An aggressive Prosecutor and State Attorney She is quiet Capable of Running and Winning the Presidency and she is Highly Qualified flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Jeimy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Harris recounts how her mother s activism shaped her career path and political aspirations The book is well written, kept me riveted throughout, and had me chuckling aloud during several passages Ultimately, I will remember Harris s passion towards helping her constituents which is fueled by stories she keeps close to her heart flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Julie Verive rated it really liked it Shelves audio I think she s running flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 John Bohnert rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve admired Kamala Harris for quite a while After reading her book, I admire her even I m so glad that she is my U.S Senator flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Nasty Lady MJ rated it really liked it To see review with gifs click here.Right now, Kamala Harris is probably at the top of my 2020 picks for president That could all change of course, but out of the candidates that are likely to run she is leading the pack for me at least Her book sort of shows why.To be fair, I m going to be trying to read something or analyzing something 2020 oriented every month or now before the election I feel its important There were a lot of misconceptions made by irresponsible media outlets about a cert To see review with gifs click here.Right now, Kamala Harris is probably at the top of my 2020 picks for president That could all change of course, but out of the candidates that are likely to run she is leading the pack for me at least Her book sort of shows why.To be fair, I m going to be trying to read something or analyzing something 2020 oriented every month or now before the election I feel its important There were a lot of misconceptions made by irresponsible media outlets about a certain overly competent candidate in 2016 and her stupid emails and look what we got stuck with Putin s puppet God, how I wanted HRC so fucking bad to be POTUS.So I m sure while idiots like Mika and Joe yes, I had to call those two ignoramuses out for still bashing that very competent candidate this very morning seriously, those two always get me raging within ten minutes of being awake I thought for like the two or so people reading this review I d at least try to inform you of the literature that s out there involving the candidates.Note, there will be personal biases in these reviews Such as the fact that I find Donald Trump to be a total racist asshole though, is that an opinion that s sort of fact see asshole s reaction to Charlottesville Anything Pro Trump is not going to be tolerated Also, Bernie Sanders is NOT a democrat unless it suits his purposes i.e getting funds for another failed campaign Don t believe me, see that little I next to his name that says it all Also he s full of bull shit which oddly enough fits considering his initials.Yes, I m juvenile.And if you re going to whine we ll this is my space find some other review to express your disgusting MAGA love and Bernie Bro ness seriously, those supporters are the ultimate internet troll.Anyway, back to Kamala Even though she s only been a senator for a couple of years, in some ways she s one of the qualified candidates that the democratic party has She has experience in local, state, and federal government And I think it s really important for anyone who is trying to be president to know how these three different factions of government work.She is also very personable The structure of this book tries to integrate Harris s personal life with her policies and for the most part it works The anecdotes will make the Mika and Joe s of the world happy , while the policy wonks i.e people who actually make a SMART choice when they vote will be happy to know that Harris knows her stuff and you can see that she is very passionate about certain issues I will say though, at the beginning of the book when Harris is going over her childhood there were parts of these personal anecdotes that felt a bit wooden.Again, this was only for the first few chapters though The only other problem I had with this book was it was clearly an I m running for president book And okay, yeah she is And yeah, candidates do in fact often write books before campaigns, but it does sort of effect the overall quality to the book.It still though did what it set out to do, it really did a nice job introducing Harris You can see how her career choice as a prosecutor influenced her policies regarding criminal justice reform I especially like the fact that some of her solutions aren t something that you would find in a typical politician stump speech Like, bail reform It s an important thing, but unless you re familiar with the bail system which most Americans aren t you re not going to really know how much an effect that these reforms would make Harris is pretty clear in laying out her case for it.In addition, to her career influencing her choices in policy You can see how important Kamala s mother was to her and what an impact she had on her life There really was a strong mother daughter relationship there that I think has impacted her life and it really shows.At the end of the day, a book is a book I thought the memoir once it got past the Harris s childhood years was quite compelling I managed to get through it in about two hours after being exhausted after a long day at work Between the book and the town hall that Harris did at CNN last night, she is definitely a top contender for me.I m sure as the race continues to evolve I ll have books and or town halls to read and review However, if you are interested in voting for Kamala I do suggest checking out her book If anything, it will give you a good indicator of what her values and policies are flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Erin Isgett rated it really liked it I requested this from the library before she had announced her candidacy for president in 2020, and I m glad I had the opportunity to learn about her now I ve learned, through history and experience, that not all progress is gradual or linear Sometimes it simply goes from one plateau to another Sometimes we fall back tragically Sometimes we leap forward and achieve things beyond the realm of what we thought possible I believe that our job is to provide the force propulsion that will ge I requested this from the library before she had announced her candidacy for president in 2020, and I m glad I had the opportunity to learn about her now I ve learned, through history and experience, that not all progress is gradual or linear Sometimes it simply goes from one plateau to another Sometimes we fall back tragically Sometimes we leap forward and achieve things beyond the realm of what we thought possible I believe that our job is to provide the force propulsion that will get us to a higher plane.We have yet to achieve that perfect union Alongside the great achievements of the American experiment lies a dark history that we have to deal with in the present In the face of powerful headwinds, it s easy to become tired To become overwhelmed But we cannot give up The beginning of our downfall comes when we stop aspiring.Let me speak one final truth For all of our differences, for all the battles, for all the fights, we are still one American family, and we should act like it We have so much in common than what separates us We need to paint a picture of the future in which everyone can see themselves, and everyone is seen A vibrant portrait of a vibrant United States, where everyone is treated with equal dignity and each of us has the opportunities to make the most of our own lives That is the vision worth fighting for, born out of love of country.It is an age old fight And what we know about it is this Victories won can be lost in complacency Battles lost can be won with new effort Every generation has to recommit to the work, to the effort, and to the true meaning of the word patriot A patriot is not someone who condones the conduct of our country, whatever it does it is someone who fights every day for the ideals of the country, whatever it takesMy daily challenge to myself is to be part of the solution, to be a joyful warrior in the battle to come My challenge to you is to join in that effort To stand up for our ideals and our values Let s not throw up our hands when it s time to roll up our sleeves Not now Not tomorrow Not ever.Years from now, our children and our grandchildren will look up and lock eyes with us They will ask us where we were when the stakes were so high They will ask us what it was like I don t want us to just tell them how we felt I want us to tell them what we did Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold An American Journey flag 1 likeLike see review Sarah I m going to have to read this one 23 hours, 14 min ago Erin Isgett Sarah wrote I m going to have to read this one Yes Then we can chat 22 hours, 48 min ago Jan 27, 2019 Holly rated it it was amazing Well, I love Kamala Harris I ve loved her for a long time although I will admit to having harbored thoughts about how her Twitter game is weak, which will hopefully change now that she s a presidential candidate and this book simply confirms to me that she cares about basically all of the things that are important to me It honestly felt she managed to go through a laundry list of things that I care about, and tick off every one of them Addressing climate change, supporting marriage equality Well, I love Kamala Harris I ve loved her for a long time although I will admit to having harbored thoughts about how her Twitter game is weak, which will hopefully change now that she s a presidential candidate and this book simply confirms to me that she cares about basically all of the things that are important to me It honestly felt she managed to go through a laundry list of things that I care about, and tick off every one of them Addressing climate change, supporting marriage equality, supporting women, figuring out systems to support our first, second third generation immigrant populations in the States it feels like she s constantly on the look for ways in which people are disadvantaged by existing systems, in order to either restructure things entirely or to build in supplementary support systems This isn t a policy book, so she doesn t outline how she would enact various reforms on a national stage it was written before she announced her presidential bid That said, she gives copious examples of how she s enacted change during her career as a prosecutor, as AG, and as Senator, including various pilot programs that were run first at city level, then at state level This is a woman who gets stuff done I loved listening to her narrate the audio book it feels personable and unforced, and she chuckles at herself and at silly or embarrassing stories than a few times.I did have to smile at how often she uses the phrase speak truth to X It s how she describes her approach to challenging the status quo and addressing inequality wherever she sees it, and she definitely says it a LOT That said, it seems like she s challenged the status quo a lot in her career So here s my ten thousand cheers for Kamala, who speaks truth to power and watches out for systems that have inbuilt equality I LOVE HER Also HECK YEAH California flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Caitlin Kosovich rated it liked it Shelves non fiction for me This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well this woman clearly plans to run for president I think she would be fantastic I worry that she doesn t have broad enough appeal The compare and contrast between Kamala and Michelle who are about the same age is really interesting The child of immigrants vs the child of africans who migrated from the south Both have strong families that instill pride and work ethic For me, Michelle is relatable as a mother and wife It shouldn t be so, but it is I think Kamala s law experience is Well this woman clearly plans to run for president I think she would be fantastic I worry that she doesn t have broad enough appeal The compare and contrast between Kamala and Michelle who are about the same age is really interesting The child of immigrants vs the child of africans who migrated from the south Both have strong families that instill pride and work ethic For me, Michelle is relatable as a mother and wife It shouldn t be so, but it is I think Kamala s law experience is fantastic and will serve her well She has a big heart and seems to really fight for the people, which I think is extremely admirable in our times It read a lot like any book Hillary Clinton writes Like a well planned book report She throws in a few nuggets of personal experiences, but clearly doesn t want to dwell there It all comes back to policy that she is working on or has passed She is very liberal and idealistic which I don t fault her for It will be interesting to see where things plays out in the next couple of years Many democrats are vying for the highest position I am glad to have read this and learned about this important person I would recommend it to democrats flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Joe Kessler rated it liked it A campaign book is probably never going to be great literature, but this one presents a solid introduction to its author, California Senator Kamala Harris, as she launches her run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Presumably an extended version of her forthcoming stump speeches, it neatly lays out the candidate s background, politics, and general governing philosophies This last area is perhaps most interesting to me as a primary voter, and I m heartened by Harris s belief that p A campaign book is probably never going to be great literature, but this one presents a solid introduction to its author, California Senator Kamala Harris, as she launches her run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Presumably an extended version of her forthcoming stump speeches, it neatly lays out the candidate s background, politics, and general governing philosophies This last area is perhaps most interesting to me as a primary voter, and I m heartened by Harris s belief that politicians must show the math that leads to their specific policy positions as well as her call for everyone to regularly examine their thought processes for implicit biases.Living up to these ideals, the senator walks readers through several political stands that she s taken over the years, including her opposition during the recent confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh I don t know if Harris will ultimately earn my vote, and this book is certainly not a balanced critical look at the author s platform and record But there s nothing in here that I would personally consider to be disqualifying, and if you re seeking to form a first impression from the candidate s own words, I d say this is a fine place to begin your vetting process flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Nancy rated it it was amazing We all are anxious to know what the future holds, especially since almost all of America is somehow in the grip of the longest government shutdown in history After reading Kamala Harris story of her years in office for civic service service to others is the purpose of holding public office , I would argue that our government and country have been shut down since late January 2017 In this book all the major challenges we face as a nation are addressed That, in and of itself, makes it a usefu We all are anxious to know what the future holds, especially since almost all of America is somehow in the grip of the longest government shutdown in history After reading Kamala Harris story of her years in office for civic service service to others is the purpose of holding public office , I would argue that our government and country have been shut down since late January 2017 In this book all the major challenges we face as a nation are addressed That, in and of itself, makes it a useful text What I was hoping for, and got in spades, was confirmation that Kamala Harris is qualified She not only speaks the truth as she sees it, but she brings everyone into the dialogue, recognizing that a conversation of one is completely unproductive I like the plans she outlines for effective legislation to move toward solutions for health care, poverty, the death of financial security for American families, the opioid epidemic, mass incarceration and global climate shift She has thought about it all, and she has proposed effective solutions As of January 2019, she is the front runner for me We need to prepare for a brighter future It does not involve orange haired dinosaurs It is thinking, compassionate leaders like Kamala, who are not afraid to talk about a real solution flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Books by Kamala Harris More Trivia About The Truths We Hol No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Truths We Hol be 1 likes Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear Liberty cannot bloom amid hate Justice cannot take root amid rage America must get to work We must dissent from the indifference We must dissent from the apathy We must dissent from the fear, the hatred, and the mistrust 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 196, 230, 91, 18, 19 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with 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      Kamala D Harris is a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, and is currently serving as a U.S Senator from California She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney s Office, then was elected District Attorney of San Francisco As California s Attorney General, Kamala prosecuted transnational gangs, big banks, Big Oil, for profit colleges and fought against attacks on the Kamala D Harris is a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, and is currently serving as a U.S Senator from California She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney s Office, then was elected District Attorney of San Francisco As California s Attorney General, Kamala prosecuted transnational gangs, big banks, Big Oil, for profit colleges and fought against attacks on the Affordable Care Act Harris also fought to reduce elementary school truancy and pioneered the nation s first open data initiative to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system and implemented implicit bias training for police officers The second black woman ever elected to the U.S Senate, Kamala has worked to reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage, make higher education tuition free for the majority of Americans, and protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants

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    1. My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.An engaging memoir from the junior U.S Senator for California, The Truths We Hold sketches the author s early life, political career, and 2020 campaign platform Over the course of ten short chapters Kamala Harris alternates between recounting her personal history and outlining her vision for the nation the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris positions herself as a progressive liberal capa [...]


    2. It is difficult to critique political memoirs without seeming to be critical the high minded ideals these writers espouse Kamala Harris appears outside the norm for the kind of Washington politician we ve put up with these past twenty years Formerly Attorney General of California, she had to find solutions to big thorny problems that plagued governance of that state If she didn t solve the problems for all time, she always came down fighting for the side of individuals against corporate ent It i [...]


    3. Pleased to be finishing this one on MLK day and the day Harris announced her candidacy This was an interesting read, a little slow in the middle The first and last chapters were my favorites, showcasing her origins and her exhortations for the future It gave me that little extra insight into a potential when I started it candidate that I was looking for The threshold question I m holding for any candidate in the current cycle, beyond the basics of whether I find their values and track reco Pleas [...]


    4. I am proud to call Kamala Harris my Senator As a San Fransisco native I have watched her career and have now had the pleasure to vote for her a few times It was nice to read about her family history, to read about where she came from and how she worked her way up to her current position I also really enjoyed reading about things that I remember occurring in real life and seeing it from her perspective I liked reading about how she fought for criminal justice reform, how she negotiated during I a [...]


    5. Believing that Ms Harris will be announcing her run for President, I wanted to learn about her I always try to go to the source whenever possible, so I figured this would be a great place to start The book is interesting, and my overwhelming thought upon finishing it If anyone wants to know what her platform would be, it s here Some things are highlighted than others, but it s all here her priorities, why, some of the things she has done, etc So for anyone wanting informat Believing that Ms H [...]


    6. I have followed Kamala Harris career since she was the District Attorney of San Francisco When she was Attorney General of California, I impressed with her prosecution of the banks during the mortgage crisis She has done a good job as Senator representing California.The book is well written Harris reveals her early life and career She also points out that she was tossed into the civil rights problems from the beginning because her mother is a Tamil Indian and her father is a black and both I hav [...]


    7. Kamala Harris is a badass While I am from CA originally, I currently live and vote in Texas, so sadly she is not my senator However, I ve taken notice of her over the last two years as she has had greater presence on the national stage fighting for human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility I enjoyed learning about her life, family, career, and political platform She is one I will be watching as the field of democratic candidates takes shape for 2020.


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