The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

by Kamala Harris

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ISBN-13: 9780525560715
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 4,118
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Kamala Harris is a gifted writer who paints the stories of her life and passions with splendid color. A GREAT read!
David Garvin 5 months ago
The frequent invocation of poster-ready phrases such as “we must make right the wrongs that this administration has committed in our name” leaves no doubt that disciplined message of “The Truths We Hold” is all about the future. As in: 2020. She is running.
DeediReads 8 days ago
“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 takes.” The Truths We Hold was a well-written, engaging memoir. Kamala Harris tells her story with confidence, polish, and the right amount of detail. With her current Presidential bid, this book could come across as defensive, opportunistic — but it doesn’t. It feels authentic and helps to provide context for a lot of Harris’ career so far. Going into this book (which I listened to on audio), I didn’t know much about Harris beyond the fact that she’s a Democratic politician from California. Living in New York, I’ve always been content to just let California do its thing over there on the other side of the country. “As I sat alone in my new office, I recalled a time, as a young prosecutor, when I overheard some of my colleagues in the hallway. “Should we add the gang enhancement?” one of them asked. “Can we show he was in a gang?” the other said. “Come on, you saw what he was wearing, you saw which corner they picked him up on. Guy’s got the tape of that rapper, what’s his name?” I stepped out into the hallway. “Hey, guys, just so you know: I have family that live in that neighborhood. I’ve got friends who dress in that style. And I’ve got a tape of that rapper in my car right now.” Harris talks about her childhood a bit, but most of the book centers on her career up to this point — from her time as a new attorney, to District Attorney, to Attorney General, to Senator. This was really interesting because it provided relevant context for where we are today (and for her Presidential campaign, of course) rather than just a story of her upbringing. That’s not to say that her upbringing isn’t important here. I was particularly impressed with how Harris was able to bring her strong, smart, hardworking mother into the narrative in a way that felt both reverent and relevant. She did a great job of showing how her family values interact with her professional and political values, and how they are actually one and the same. This was good timing (and no accident, of course) with the upcoming Presidential election. Of course, this book alone won’t be enough to decide whether she’s a candidate of choice, but it does provide a helpful backdrop of information and explanation of her values. I’m glad I read it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A very insightful look into a viable presidential frontrunner.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love kamala and this book. So good
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