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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (udgave 2020)

af Kamala Harris (Forfatter)

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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 [this book] 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."--Dust jacket.… (mere)
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Titel:The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Forfattere:Kamala Harris (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Books (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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I picked the young reader's edition because the print size of the adult version was in such tiny print and so long that I knew it would be difficult to read with my glaucoma challenged eyes.

I was a little disappointed in the amount of personal shared. Maybe I should have tried for an audio version instead.

I did like what shared about her mother. The odd thing when it came to Kamala Harris views on abortion rights, gay rights, early childhood education, young offenders, help for lowering drug prices and helping the disadvantaged. I agree with her 100%. In fact, I could have written the same thing that she wrote, except that my examples would have been different. I hope that she gets projects in the Biden administration that will make more people aware of her drive and compassion for other people.

Her outstanding virtue is abundant empathy. We need to hear from her more. ( )
  Carolee888 | Oct 16, 2021 |
I was shy about saying I liked this, so at first I didn’t. Yes, I like Biden’s Black friend, and not as much Naomi Klein or bell hooks. I just read my review of “No Is Not Enough”, and I took it down (moved it to the comments section, technically), until I can find a way to say that Naomi is extremely negative, without being whiny. (Twitter should be shut down, because it’s responsible for Trump, and big business should be destroyed, because it’s responsible for Trump—we’re all evil! But hey, this is just me being cosmic; wait until I get partisan! Maybe the New York Times and Kamala Harris are guilty too!…. See how whiny I get? Jeez Louise!)

But let me be positive. This is a good book. Kamala is a Black woman of very diverse family origin, and it’s important to try to make the world more diverse so that it works for more people. I know that socialism is groovy and far-out man, but honestly I believe it makes some difference if when the goofy girl at HomeGoods starts to dance to the awful music they play instead of working, if sometimes it’s a woman who’s the manager who’s job it is to tell her nay nay, and not always a guy because girls are too stupid and weak, right. It makes some difference whether you’re being told to stop jerking your arms and legs around and organize the pet toys because you’re wearing a red apron and you have a job, versus ‘I am a man and you’ll always be the irrational one, so do your job, because you can’t.’ Some people can’t work for whatever reason and need support from the government and community, but I don’t think that everyone will ever be all compensated equally for different work. Maybe compensation is too unequal now, or the class system too rigid. But personally I think that the most rigid thing of all is the race system, and also too the gender system, where because of your birth/background you can’t this and you are that and people lie to and about you, and it’s totally rigid in people’s minds. So I think it’s important to get out the love even though love is lame, and make the world more just, because if the successful people don’t all look alike and success isn’t a lie, it’s better for people on all levels of success. It’s even better for the “crackers” who think that their one success is to have been born white, because that’s really no way to live. You can’t legislate understanding I guess, but you can model it at least. I guess some people will always think that the most important factoid is how many black robbers are making white women disappear. You can’t force people to stop lying, really. It’s their life to make a lie if they want. If they but knew, they wouldn’t want to. If they but knew. But there’s always more I don’t understand, too. The only way to teach is to offer people your love.
  goosecap | Oct 8, 2021 |
audiobook nonfiction (9 hours, read by the author), memoir and critical social/political reform (written pre-Jan.6 insurrection and pre-COVID).

fascinating look at the major challenges the US must deal with, including national security threats posed by cybercrime, criminal justice reform, healthcare reform, the opioid crisis and a ton of other things. A level-headed analysis of issues we all should be very concerned about. ( )
  reader1009 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I didn't think I could be more happy than I already was that Kamala Harris is our Vice President-elect, but I am. There are no stylistic frills to how Harris tells her story, but why would there need to be? The book is as straightforward, remarkable, smart, and impressive as the woman, and gives me hope that our foundering ship of state can still be saved. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Everything I'd seen of Kamala Harris left me impressed and happy that she's an elected official but I didn't know much about her background or what her stances on issues were. After listening to her memoir (which could double as a huge campaign speech) - I'm sold.

It felt great to listen to her talk about her family, her career, and her beliefs which mirror many of my own. How nice to hear from a patriotic public servant who believes in helping make our country better for everyone.

My only complaint about the audio book is that she's not always the best narrator... But I don't think it would have been as effective for me if anyone else read it. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
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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 [this book] 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."--Dust jacket.

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