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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (édition 2019)

par Kamala Harris (Auteur)

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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.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey par Kamala Harris

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Yesterday I finished [The Truths We Hold], a political memoir written by [[Kamala Harris]]. I first came to admire Kamala Harris when I saw her questioning Brett Kavanaugh and since then I've rooted for her.
I know we're not supposed to write about politics here, so I'll leave it at that.

This book is not structured like a traditional memoir or autobiography, but each chapter revolves around a specific topic or issue, such as civil rights, criminality, health, housing etc. Harris explains how this topic or issue touches her work or how she dealt with it in the past, as an attorney. This is usually illustrated by anecdotes and stories about people she met, but also by studies and research. Each chapter also concentrates on an aspect from the writer's life and she connects these aspects. For example, the chapter that deals with civil rights, and specifically LGTBQ rights and gay marriage, also tells us about how she got to know her husband Doug and their courtship and marriage, to make a point that love is love. The chapter on health care also includes her mother's battle against cancer. I enjoyed the variation this structure provided, although in the end it became a bit forceful and it seemed like she started ticking off boxes of topics that needed to be included. This is the only point of criticism I have, though.
I think Kamala Harris succeeds in explaining the core of her work and what she stands for. If one has followed the media, this is nothing really new: The story of her immigrant parents, her growing up amidst the Civil Rights Movement, her childhood as a Black child, and the many, many firsts she did - the glass ceilings she shattered.
I still found it very interesting to read about this and to learn more about her viewpoints. While many paragraphs resonate with her speeches, the book provides more insight into how she came to believe in her principles and how her experiences in her previous jobs and offices as well as the people she met along the way have shaped her.

However, I need to get a bit more personal here because otherwise I feel like I'm not doing the book justice. I'm a teacher working in one of Germany's poorest cities, and I mainly teach girls and young women, many from "underprivileged" backgrounds, many immigrants and refugees - and empowerment is what keeps me going and why I do what I do. I found strength and inspiration in Kamala Harris's words and I read so many quotes that had me nodding in agreement.

Here are two from her mother:
"Fight systems in a way that causes them to be fairer, and don't be limited by what has always been" (p. 18).
"Don't let anybody tell you who you are. You tell them who you are" (p. 25).

It feels fitting to end this review with these quotes because throughout the book, Shyamala Gopalan Harris is shown as the biggest influence on Kamala's life and beliefs, the person who taught her to fight and to stand up and not be intimidated - and I think that was what impressed me so much when I first saw her on TV in September 2018. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Feb 21, 2021 |
I wish I had read this before the 2020 primaries. This gives a good idea of what her platform was. She describes the problems facing us today and gives solutions to those problems. Utilizing stories from her own life and others who have crossed her path, she gives faces to those problems and solutions. Ms. Harris comes across as someone who listens and tries to help where she can and she'll go where she needs to to lend that helping hand. She has a lot of empathy and compassion. I am glad I read this. I think she will help lead this country back into the light. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Jan 19, 2021 |
As we approach the new Biden/Harris administration, I thought it was a good time to read this book after having just finished one of Biden's. Like many others, I got to know Kamala Harris better on the campaign trail and was disappointed (but unsurprised) when she dropped out. But as we are about to see the first Black and South Asian woman enter the White House as Vice President, I thought I'd read Harris's in her own words, from herself.

Much of this is familiar to the reader if one kept up with the campaign and much of what has been reported can be found here, from her background and childhood in California, what it was like being both Indian and Black and being seen as a Black Woman by the world to her career both in law and politics and more. Much of it is a retelling, perhaps nothing too exciting but also nice, with personal touches and a wry sense of humor (such as when she describes how her now-husband, Doug, asks her to marry him). It was sweet.

That said, the writing is uneven. Sometimes it's really great (such as the passage I described) and some of it honestly does feel like the book was a foundation for her presidential run. So depending on how you feel about that, her, etc. this could be a hit or miss. I would say that even if you paid attention to the primary and presidential campaign of 2020, this is still worth a read.

Like Biden's book, I didn't think it was the "best" book and I'm not sure if I'm in the right state of mind to read something like this right now. But, like Biden's book, I would also agree that it was certainly a book I needed to read now.

Bought as a bargain book and I thought that was best to read on my own timeline. For the right person, though, the paperback (which is out now) might make for a great gift. I'll look forward to reading her future memoirs someday. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Jan 17, 2021 |
This book discusses policy and vision through the lens of personal experience, which made it engaging and approachable. Senator Harris is smart, insightful, and pragmatic about addressing systemic issues that disproportionately affect people of color in the United States. I highly recommend this book. Senator Harris makes an excellent case for why she should earn our 2020 presidential vote. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
An informative political memoir. Kamala Harris is a good writer, not especially eloquent or inspirational, but solid. The book is structured thematically rather than linearly, which means that it jumps around in time a fair bit. There are some odd omissions, such as very little info about her father, and little discussion about her own experiences with racism and misogyny. But still, it does go through her values and her accomplishments in good detail. She comes across as a faithful public servant and a quality human. ( )
  RandyRasa | Oct 25, 2020 |
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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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