The Truths We Hold

The Truths We Hold

An American Journey

Large Print - 2019
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
ISBN: 9781984886224
1984886223
Branch Call Number: LP 328.73 HARRIS
Characteristics: xix, 459 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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blue_cat_3423
May 19, 2019

Before reading this book, I knew very little about Kamala Harris. I had seen her a couple of times on TV since she was elected as a U.S. senator from California. My daughter, who lived in California for a number of years while Ms. Harris held several governmental positions there, spoke highly of her. She has an amazing life story and she presents a lot of well thought-out progressive viewpoints on a variety of subjects. The book is refreshing in that almost everything she writes about is stated in a very positive and upbeat manner, and she spends very little time criticizing the positions of other politicians. Having now read her book, I am convinced that she is a very viable candidate to be the next president.

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pterry25
Apr 09, 2019

I understand that this was probably a rush job. She may have been dictating it to someone. Parts are really well written - others not so much.

She makes a better case for some of her positions in the book than what i have heard on TV.

No comments about dating Willie Brown, college drug use experimentation, why she chose the law school that she did. Again, this was a hurry up and get to print.

A lot will depend if she is successful in getting the nomination. If she does - others will develop better bios.

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nelson1949
Apr 04, 2019

I found this book to be an interesting read. Ms. Harris has a background similar to President Obama's: parents of different races, living in a modest home, and experiencing life in a foreign country. Ms. Harris attended high school in Canada. She is an articulate person who shares intimate aspects of her life with the reader. After reading this book I am convinced that Kamala Harris is a serious candidate for president of the United States.

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lilypad_1
Feb 27, 2019

Kamalla Harris is a fascinating woman, just like her immigrant parents from Jamaica and India. Her parents were civil rights advocates and she went to demonstrations with them when she was young and these ideals were instilled in her at a young age. Her mother was a breast cancer researcher and dedicated her life to beating that disease.
Kamalla went to law school and decided to work as a prosecutor so she could effect change and bring justice to people on a local level. She soon started to work with victims of sexual violence and moved up the ladder in the Oakland/San Fransisco area making positive changes in the justice departments. This is only in the first few chapters, I will leave the rest to you to read.
Her progressive ideas come from wanting to help people and she has worked very hard to effect change. Highly recommend even if she wasn't a 2020 Presidential candidate.

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