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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

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Kamala Harris

9 Hours 27 Minutes

Penguin Audio

January 2019

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A New York Times bestseller

From Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, 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

Vice President-Elect 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 California’s attorney general, as a United States senator, and now as vice president-elect, grappling in every role with an array of complex issues, 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.

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  • Arion L.

    Amazing! I’m so glad I took the time to listen. I’m so excited to bear witness of what’s to come from our now Vice President-elect, joyful warrior, Kamala Harris.

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  • Paulette T.

    Well written, well narrated, by our next VICE PRESIDENT!

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  • Anonymous

    Very inspiring and very compelling! We must take steps to create the change we want to see.

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  • Kim F.

    I love this book! I like the author for president. She is very smart and well educated. She is personable and has a strong background. She is inspired by her mother, (deceased). She is a lawyer who has worked in the system for platforms such as DACA, Gay marriage, and families in court. She was the attorney General for California. One thing I didn’t particularly like, but, learned a great deal about was her stories about confirmation hearings and her questions that she asked the candidates. Listening to her back and forth questioning and the answers that the candidates gave made me squirm; it is hard not to see her “Party lines” between the lines. Just like watching it on TV, I would recommend this book!

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  • Denny D.

    An excellent look into Kamala Harris. Early in the book, she achieved her goal as prosecutor. When called on by the judge to identify her case, her first words (as in all cases) were "Kamala Harris for the people". The remainder of the book demonstrates her dedication to the people she represents, from clients to US citizens to immigrants. Her accomplishments are many and significant. As the book transitions from her past to the present and time in the Senate, the discussion turns mostly to goals and the future of America as it should be seen. I am glad I read (listened) to this book. The fact that Ms Harris did the reading was great. As the author, she knew what emphasis was need and where.

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