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The Truths We Hold

An American Journey
Written by: Kamala Harris
Narrated by: Kamala Harris
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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A New York Times best seller 

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.

©2018 Kamala Harris (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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I hope she's elected President

Harris is articulate and accomplished. This book is an excellent introduction to her. Her personal story is compelling. Her politics are progressive and grounded in solving real world problems.

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Very informative of behind the scenes of Justice

Very well narrated by Kamala Harris. Excellent info on our sometimes bias Justice System that's not known to the public

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Great book! It’s gives me hope for a bright future for our children & grandchildren.

I love Senator Harris’ message that any progress towards what we believe is right is worth fighting for! And that we can make the world a better place by educating ourselves and then take peaceful actions and steps toward these goals. She sets the bar high as a major conduit for change with her extensive knowledge and experience with the judicial system. This amazing book gives the gift of hope during these tumultuous political times. It is a must read for anyone interested in moving the world toward a more compassionate society where all people can thrive.

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Fantastic

I loved this book from beginning to the end. It is very informative,
The USA has the same problems as Canada.
Kamala I believe should run for President, in my thoughts she would beat TRUMP hands down.

I loved that Kamala read the book herself, it just transported me into her life.

FANTASTIC
Please write another book and read it.

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Michelle Is A Hard Act To Follow

My review will be very similar to the other here. I think Kamala is an excellent candidate, and I was excited to read (listen to) this book, but I unfortunately found it tough to get through. I'll say first that I just finished Michelle Obama's book, and so perhaps it's a classic case of "hard act to follow", but I can pinpoint what was lacking. First, I know Kamala is a busy lady, but the narration sounded very, very rushed. Secondly, her voice lacked a lot of emotion to me. I sensed more of a wry smile than genuine feeling and warmth the whole way through. Thirdly, perhaps her mouth wasn't close enough to the microphone, but it never felt like she was talking "to" me. Rather above or around me. Michelle took her time with her narration, put her heart into it, and it felt like she was speaking into my ear. I found myself pressing the "30 seconds forward" button a lot with this book by Kamala at moments where it felt impersonal or uninspired and still unlike she was even talking to me. There were also moments I enjoyed, or that clearly demonstrated her capacity to be a great progressive leader "for the people", but I just can't leave it a great review. She didn't hand it to me with her soul.

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She'd Have My Vote! (but I'm Canadian)

I liked it a lot. Her reading of it was... awkward. When it came to policy type stuff that she knew inside out there were no issues. In other parts it sounded like she was handed someone else's book with no prep time and she plowed ahead with odd pauses, questionable pronunciation, etc. To be fair, I had also just finished Michelle Obama's book so she had a tough act to follow! All said and done I love this lady and hope those that can vote vote for her!

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  • TCamp72
  • 2019-03-07

Great content, read if possible

I enjoyed listening to Kamala’s book, and I have gained a much greater understanding of where she comes from. I have to admit though, I wish I had read this book instead of listening to it. I often like to listen to these types of books, and to hear the authors tell their stories in their own voices. Not with this book. I have much respect for Kamala, but you could tell she was reading, and she didn’t read it smoothly. Her sentence breaks were all over the place, and she often paused, causing you to think a sentence had been completed, only to pick up and carry on with the same sentence again. Toward the last third of the book, it became extremely distracting. It also sounded as she was congested for that part of the book as well. And if that is the case, I think her editors should have her go back for a redo. I’ve heard her speak often, and I’ve been impressed with her each time. While I enjoyed the content, and the messages shared, the delivery was disappointing.

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  • KT_Consult
  • 2019-04-11

Dispeled my preconceived notions!

An impressive woman with a compelling vision for our country. I was struck by her role in negotiating with the banks for California homeowners and Corinthian Colleges for indebted students. I look forward to hearing more from her as this process picks up speed!

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  • Yamilee Brice
  • 2019-04-18

Campaign Speech

The whole book sounded like a campaign speech. Defending the things she knows people question and espousing on her accomplishments. Other than a couple of personal tidbits added here and there, we don't really get a sense of who she really is.

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  • Lynne H. Mock
  • 2019-02-15

Subtitle: I want to be President

This was an interesting professional memoir of the Senator, giving the reader an opportunity to hear from her, her truths and ideas of what is and should be happening with the American Experiment. What struck me was her victim advocacy during her time as a prosecutor and the variety of cases she pursued. In this book, she was addressed most of the criticism directed her way as she runs for president. What is missing is her foreign policy perspective although her senatorial duties expose her to international intelligence briefings which she kept confidential. After listening to this audiobook she appears to be a serious presidential candidate.

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  • Sam Marlow
  • 2019-01-09

Great story ..slow start

Kamala narrates this title, but I have to say that the first chapter she sounded monotone..but it definitely got better. Dont know who produced this, but they should have redone the first chapter!

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  • Jean
  • 2019-01-20

Impressive

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.

The book is nine hours and twenty-six minutes. Harris does a good job narrating the book.

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  • LaKendria
  • 2019-02-04

Interesting

The first chapter was a nice overview of her life and I did appreciate her honesty of growing up and her time at a historically black college. But after that, seemed more so of her asking for a vote and it also felt like she was reading off her resume. I still respect her as a person but I didn't like it.

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  • Maria Ochoa
  • 2019-02-03

So fake; her stories read like a report card

A grownup's attempt at making her career report card sound better than it really was. She has potential, but it's not enough.

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  • merry hatten
  • 2019-01-24

I can't even.

Struggle to finish. The whole book seemed so negative. A lot of talk about what needs to change but no ideas of how to change it.

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  • Cheryl Ferguson
  • 2019-01-11

Purely Inspiring!

Senator Harris tells an inspiring and heart-warming story of her life growing up in Northern California with two very educated and impressive parents. Her personal stories, along with tales of her career experiences and her views on our society make for a very interesting listing experience. As with so many audible books, I really enjoy hearing the author themselves read.

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