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The Truths We Hold

An American Journey
Narrated by: Kamala Harris
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,061 ratings)

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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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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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Good to hear about her accomplishments

I don't like saying this, but I found myself drifting a bit. After listening to Michelle Obama's book, the great story-teller that she is, and being riveted, Kamala is not really the story-teller in comparison. It was good to hear about her accomplishments, her family, her roots, and I guess it's good that she narrated her own book, but as I said, I found my concentration drifting a bit. Sorry. Still, it's interesting.

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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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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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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
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-20-19

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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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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This was not her “Obama moment”

I didn’t get to know Kamala Harris during this reading and reading her book. This was the longest executive profile or resume I’ve ever seen.

We don’t get to know her personally. Really nothing about Howard, AKA, Oakland, etc. there’s an assumption that they must think she’ll carry those groups based off real and imaginary geography.

She clearly came alive in her work. I guess that’s the message. I don’t know who this book was written for. Clearly wouldn’t be written if she wasn’t running for President but that clear reason is in-part why it’s so damn bad.

Absent what I assume will be bumper sticker material this book is droll. Damn, when was the last time ANYONE used the word "Droll" to be the most flattering thing about something.

Hilary's book was more prolific & it was ridiculously bad.

Whomever told her that THIS would be her "Obama moment" seriously misled her. This book is a mistake.

I'd rather read a series of church bulletins gathered from the First Lady of a church's book on "how Mrs. Pruitt uses not enough salt and shows too much leg..."

This book & it's book sales do nothing for her campaign. Lawd 5 more hours of this...

My hopefulness of her politics and my wanting to vote for one who fits my politics, strength & one who should consider my culture in her policy she’ll be a serious candidate for me but I should have just googled the hell out of her. This book was tough read and listen... but I bought them both (without scrutiny) to show my support on her potential. Good Luck Mrs. Harris.

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Such a great perspective

It’s refreshing to hear the perspective of someone who’s got her head screwed solidly onto her shoulders. Ms. Harris is the sort of person I *know* should be President, though I’ll admit I wasn’t sure before I started listening to this book.

One after another, I kept finding that she’d thought through how to solve many issues and landed on the same conclusions I had. In one or two cases, I discovered that she had a better perspective on an issue than I had considered. What a concept, someone running for President who knows more than I do. I’d forgotten how nice it was to hear from someone who’s thought through a position that is firmly grounded in reality. Seems like exactly the sort of leader that we need right now. (Which is what makes me think it’s a moonshot if she does run, but hey, dream big right?)

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Honest, Informative and Timely

I loved it! I got to know Kamala Harris better and I share her beliefs.