The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold

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 parent...


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TitleThe Truths We Hold
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Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherPenguin Press
LanguageEnglish
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir, Biography
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Reviews The Truths We Hold

  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.An engaging memoir from the junior U.S. Senator for California, The Truths We Hold sketches the author’s early life, political career, and 2020 campaign platform. Over the course of ten short chapters Kamala Harris alternates between recounting her personal history and outlining her vision for the nation; the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Harris...
  • Deanna
    1970-01-01
    Pleased to be finishing this one on MLK day and the day Harris announced her candidacy. This was an interesting read, a little slow in the middle. The first and last chapters were my favorites, showcasing her origins and her exhortations for the future. It gave me that little extra insight into a potential (when I started it) candidate that I was looking for. The threshold question I’m holding for any candidate in the current cycle, beyond the ...
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    I am proud to call Kamala Harris my Senator. As a San Fransisco native I have watched her career and have now had the pleasure to vote for her a few times. It was nice to read about her family history, to read about where she came from and how she worked her way up to her current position. I also really enjoyed reading about things that I remember occurring in real life and seeing it from her perspective. I liked reading about how she fought for ...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    Believing that Ms. Harris will be announcing her run for President, I wanted to learn more about her. I always try to go to the source whenever possible, so I figured this would be a great place to start. The book is interesting, and my overwhelming thought upon finishing it? If anyone wants to know what her platform would be, it's here. Some things are highlighted more than others, but it's all here - her priorities, why, some of the things she ...
  • Jean
    1970-01-01
    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 i...
  • Ericka Clouther
    1970-01-01
    This is a hard book to rate or review because the substance is great, but I really think the order of the topics hurts her case. Like some of the other Election 2020 memoirs that are coming out the substance is more policy than a memoir. I'm generally a fan of that concept as I want to know what the candidates stand for, but that generally makes for bad memoirs. But okay, if we're going to learn about what Kamala stands for, do we want to start f...
  • Bonnie
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    Kamala Harris is a badass. While I am from CA originally, I currently live and vote in Texas, so sadly she is not my senator. However, I've taken notice of her over the last two years as she has had greater presence on the national stage fighting for human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility. I enjoyed learning more about her life, family, career, and political platform. She is one I will be watching as the field of democrati...
  • Vanessa Ogbeide
    1970-01-01
    Kamala Harris has proven many times over that she is a fighter for systemic change and American values. Her efforts in many instances have been trail blazing and enfranchising of many along the way. I am proud to give her my support in 2020 and beyond.
  • Trevor Church
    1970-01-01
    She’s presidential. So is this book. ♥ She’s presidential. So is this book. ♥️
  • P.S. Winn
    1970-01-01
    I have a feeling the author of this book is a rising star and may even some day be in the line up for president of the United States. The author talks the truth and how who we are and where we come from effect not only our life, but the lives of those around us.
  • Garrett Hall
    1970-01-01
    I am very proud to be a constituent of Senator Harris. In my view, she has consistently been a powerful, needed voice in the Senate. I wanted to read her pre-presidential campaign book to learn more about her family background, what influenced her growing up, understand what she did as a prosecutor, DA, and AG, and about her thoughts on our political climate and policy proposals. I found her story and writing beautiful, powerful, witty, and hilar...
  • Ietrio
    1970-01-01
    Another unscrupulous politician lying all the way to the voting booth.The unpleasant is pushed under the rug, the presumed positive is inflated. Business as usual.I clearly don't get the US politics. I get the mindless tribalism that make Harris good because she is "ours". But beyond that it's over me. One should not prize a generously paid government bureaucrat for doing their job, the same way I won't give a Senatorial job with all the perks to...
  • Christine B.
    1970-01-01
    A good intro to Kamala Harris as a candidate. She doesn't deal with all the controversial stuff, but I wouldn't expect her to in a book like this. Does a good job laying out her positions on a wide array of issues and why she thinks those issues are important.
  • Dustin
    1970-01-01
    The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, is a must-read. Harris, the junior senator from California, and a 2020 presidential candidate, writes a stirring political memoir. She guides readers through her upbringing in CA, a daughter of educated immigrants, her own education at Howard University and UC Berkeley, showing how she was shaped by her surroundings and what prompted her to embrace a life of public service. From a career as a prosecutor to Di...
  • Colette
    1970-01-01
    Technically, I would give this book 3.5 stars. Kamala Harris’s The Truths We Hold feels rushed. It feels like it needs more time in the oven. The writing is a bit rough. It wasn’t well organized and jumps around from personal reflection to political streams of consciousness. The writing didn’t offer a continuity of a memoir. It felt more political stump speech with some sprinkling of personal information. Per usual, the writing felt guarded...
  • Jeimy
    1970-01-01
    Harris recounts how her mother's activism shaped her career path and political aspirations. The book is well written, kept me riveted throughout, and had me chuckling aloud during several passages. Ultimately, I will remember Harris's passion towards helping her constituents which is fueled by stories she keeps close to her heart.
  • Julie Verive
    1970-01-01
    I think she's running.
  • John Bohnert
    1970-01-01
    I've admired Kamala Harris for quite a while. After reading her book, I admire her even more. I'm so glad that she is my U.S. Senator.
  • Caitlin Kosovich
    1970-01-01
    Well this woman clearly plans to run for president. I think she would be fantastic. I worry that she doesn't have broad enough appeal. The compare and contrast between Kamala and Michelle who are about the same age is really interesting. The child of immigrants vs. the child of africans who migrated from the south. Both have strong families that instill pride and work ethic. For me, Michelle is more relatable as a mother and wife. It shouldn't be...
  • Joe Kessler
    1970-01-01
    A campaign book is probably never going to be great literature, but this one presents a solid introduction to its author, California Senator Kamala Harris, as she launches her run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Presumably an extended version of her forthcoming stump speeches, it neatly lays out the candidate's background, politics, and general governing philosophies. This last area is perhaps most interesting to me as a primary ...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    We all are anxious to know what the future holds, especially since almost all of America is somehow in the grip of the longest government shutdown in history. After reading Kamala Harris' story of her years in office for civic service (service to others is the purpose of holding public office), I would argue that our government and country have been shut down since late January 2017. In this book all the major challenges we face as a nation are a...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I am so glad I read this book and got to know her story. I enjoyed the autobiographical elements, but skipped over some of the policy details. She understands the complexity of the problems facing our country, and is appropriately outraged. Her values are in the right place. AND, I think she would be a capable and strong and inspiring President, extremely well-qualified to try and steer this ship in a new direction.
  • Tucker
    1970-01-01
    In advance of her likely run for U.S. president as a Democratic candidate in 2020, Kamala Harris released this autobiography. It covers her childhood as the daughter of divorced, interracial parents; her legal and political career; and her vision for the future. The book deepens the reader's understanding of her as a politician, and it has helped solidify my belief that she would make an excellent candidate.SchoolHarris' first campaign was to rep...
  • Ruby
    1970-01-01
    "Engaging in the fight for civil rights and social justice is not for the faint of heart. It is as difficult as it is important, and the wins may never taste as sweet as the losses taste sour. But count yourself as part of the lineage of those who refused to relent. But count yourself as part of the lineage of those who refused to relent. And when we're feeling frustrated and discouraged by the obstacles in fron of us, Let's channel the words of ...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Is the smart, motivated, and someone organized enough to be a good President? yes. Is her grasp of the details of policy, especially domestic policy, significantly strong? yes. The book convinced me of the above statements. Her description of the health insurance crisis was pretty myopic, and that unnerved me. She talked about a pregnant dental assistant who worked for five dentists and did not have health insurance, who was (pre ACA) denied cove...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    3.5/5 stars3.5/5 stars — a rating given solely for the quality of the book. This does not reflect my opinion about Kamala Harris, who I deeply respect and admire. I felt that this was clearly a campaign book — a book that was meant to hammer in Harris’ past accomplishments and policy/issue positions in light of her (likely) bid for presidency. And while learning about these things was interesting, I felt that it caused the book to lose the ...
  • Maggie Holmes
    1970-01-01
    This was fascinating and I enjoyed hearing her own voice. I wish that I had the book along side it so I could refer to things she had said earlier. I've been telling many people about the various work she did in California. I was particularly interested in the training people did around implicit bias. I know I have many biases so I probably have more that I'm not even aware of. I took a test on one kind on a Harvard website, but it wasn't well de...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Combination of giving her background and also her stand on issues. Clearly written as her introduction for her presidential campaign, which she announced just as I finished reading this. Her background reminds me a bit of Obama. Dad from Jamaica, mom from India. Met while going to college at UC Berkeley. Parents separated when Kamala was about 6. Kamala, mom and younger sister moved to Toronto when she was 12 because her mom got a job at research...
  • Sierra
    1970-01-01
    I loved the focus of policy over memoir. I felt like I learned just enough about her personal life and how it has shaped her character. Not only is she getting a 5 star book review from me, but she will get my vote for president. The book has statistics that will make you angry, hopeful, or bring you to tears and they are so necessary. One of my favorite quotes was “When you break through a glass ceiling, you’re going to get cut, and it’s g...