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A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players. There’s very little that’s conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America. She grew up the eldest daughter of a single mo A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players. There’s very little that’s conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America. She grew up the eldest daughter of a single mother, a no-nonsense cancer researcher who emigrated from India at the age of nineteen in search of a better education. She and her husband, an accomplished economist from Jamaica, split up when Kamala was only five. The Kamala Harris the public knows today is tough, smart, quick-witted, and demanding. She’s a prosecutor—her one-liners are legendary—but she’s more reticent when it comes to sharing much about herself, even in her memoirs. Fortunately, former Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Morain has been there from the start. In Kamala’s Way, he charts her career from its beginnings handling child molestation cases and homicides for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and her relationship as a twenty-nine-year-old with the most powerful man in the state: married Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a relationship that would prove life-changing. Morain takes readers through Harris’s years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, explores her audacious embrace of the little-known Barack Obama, and shows the sharp elbows she deployed to make it to the US Senate. He analyzes her failure as a presidential candidate and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to land the Vice President spot. Along the way, he paints a vivid picture of her values and priorities, the kind of people she brings into her orbit, the sorts of problems she’s good at solving, and the missteps, risks, and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top. Kamala’s Way is essential reading for all Americans curious about the woman standing by Joe Biden’s side.


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A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players. There’s very little that’s conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America. She grew up the eldest daughter of a single mo A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players. There’s very little that’s conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America. She grew up the eldest daughter of a single mother, a no-nonsense cancer researcher who emigrated from India at the age of nineteen in search of a better education. She and her husband, an accomplished economist from Jamaica, split up when Kamala was only five. The Kamala Harris the public knows today is tough, smart, quick-witted, and demanding. She’s a prosecutor—her one-liners are legendary—but she’s more reticent when it comes to sharing much about herself, even in her memoirs. Fortunately, former Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Morain has been there from the start. In Kamala’s Way, he charts her career from its beginnings handling child molestation cases and homicides for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and her relationship as a twenty-nine-year-old with the most powerful man in the state: married Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a relationship that would prove life-changing. Morain takes readers through Harris’s years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, explores her audacious embrace of the little-known Barack Obama, and shows the sharp elbows she deployed to make it to the US Senate. He analyzes her failure as a presidential candidate and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to land the Vice President spot. Along the way, he paints a vivid picture of her values and priorities, the kind of people she brings into her orbit, the sorts of problems she’s good at solving, and the missteps, risks, and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top. Kamala’s Way is essential reading for all Americans curious about the woman standing by Joe Biden’s side.

30 review for Kamala's Way: An American Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    4.5 rounding up because it was the perfect day to listen! Admire her, looking forward to fresh healing competent future, welcome back America!

  2. 4 out of 5

    TEELOCK Mithilesh

    Though the Vice President-elect was well known among Californians, the country learned much more about Kamala Harris when President-elect Joe Biden named her to the Democratic ticket in August 2020. In Kamala’s Way (Simon & Schuster), journalist Dan Morain—who has covered California policy, politics, and justice-related issues for more than four decades at the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee—offers a revelatory biography of the first Black woman Vice President, charting how the daughter Though the Vice President-elect was well known among Californians, the country learned much more about Kamala Harris when President-elect Joe Biden named her to the Democratic ticket in August 2020. In Kamala’s Way (Simon & Schuster), journalist Dan Morain—who has covered California policy, politics, and justice-related issues for more than four decades at the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee—offers a revelatory biography of the first Black woman Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    I'll tell you one thing about Kamala is that she's a no-nonsense, fight till the end, take no prisoners type of person. How she got to be Vice President wasn't by resting on her laurels, waiting for the shoe to drop, or giving the go-ahead by her constituents. She did as many of us are doing in forging her own path and doing it "her way." You have to admire a woman who didn't have anything handed to her, who worked her way up through the ranks, paid her way through college working several jobs, an I'll tell you one thing about Kamala is that she's a no-nonsense, fight till the end, take no prisoners type of person. How she got to be Vice President wasn't by resting on her laurels, waiting for the shoe to drop, or giving the go-ahead by her constituents. She did as many of us are doing in forging her own path and doing it "her way." You have to admire a woman who didn't have anything handed to her, who worked her way up through the ranks, paid her way through college working several jobs, and navigated her way through the bumpy terrain known as politics. Whether in her home state of California or now working with the District of Columbia -she's a woman with superior knowledge, tenacity, and class. A moral high ground candidate that will serve us well against the powers that be in the corruption world of toxic individuals and dangerous self-serving players. I'll offer some quotes from this wonderful work presented by Dan Morain who did an excellent job is his portrayal of Kamala Harris. "I knew that the people in our society who are most often targeted by predators are also most often the voiceless and vulnerable." "There is absolutely a double standard you need to be aware of. Being a woman that some would consider attractive carries its own baggage." "People assume you're not substantial. It's why it's so important to talk to as many people as possible, and keep conveying what you stand for." "If you've stepped out in life, you will have enemies. It's not the end of the world-and sometimes it's even good." "I have my own legacy." With regards to 'double dipping' by Steve Cooley she responded, "Go for it, Steve." With a "gotcha" laugh, she added, "You've earned it; there's no question." For all intense purposes she not only is our first Black woman of Indian descent to become California's top cop but also our first Vice President. No small feat for mankind or womankind as the case may be. Many may not realize prior to the national spotlight just how much she accomplished, how hard she worked, how much she fought to preserve and protect. Some of these items included: Proposition 8, privacy laws, mortgage rights, death penalty, and much more. She's been dubbed the "female Obama." and for good reason with her signature hoodie, and fancy shoes dancing on stage. According to Elizabeth Warren as quoted by Dan Morain- "She views lawyers as heroes and takes on mortgage companies the way Elizabeth Warren takes on Wall Street." She rose according to Dan, " in the rough-and-tough politics of San Francisco and had been vetted by investigative journalists and some of the best opposition researchers from both parties. She had run hard races and won and lost. Her goo and not-so-good traits were known to Biden's team. She would match well with Vice President Mike Pence and didn't have a habit of making mistakes on the trail. She also would bring excitement and maybe even some dance moves to a ticket led by a man.." So, who could argue with that? This was a fab read that brought with it much insight into the world and times of a woman that truly rose through the ranks. I'm proud to see her in her new rank and role for our country and pray she's protected and safe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    I was disappointed in this. I found the book very tedious and - I'm sorry to say - quite boring. It's a lot of names in a lot of places at a lot of dates. I wanted to get an understanding of Kamala as a person, but all I felt I got, was her resume. I was disappointed in this. I found the book very tedious and - I'm sorry to say - quite boring. It's a lot of names in a lot of places at a lot of dates. I wanted to get an understanding of Kamala as a person, but all I felt I got, was her resume.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I have to admit I don't know much about Kamala, other than what has been in the press as she was running for President and then as Biden's VP. What I did see I liked, so when this book popped up at my library's website I requested it to learn more. This one gives a bit on her family back ground, but more focused on her professional life and her rise through California politics. At times I wasn't sure if the author liked Kamala, didn't like her or was indifferent. Overall it was fairly positive. I have to admit I don't know much about Kamala, other than what has been in the press as she was running for President and then as Biden's VP. What I did see I liked, so when this book popped up at my library's website I requested it to learn more. This one gives a bit on her family back ground, but more focused on her professional life and her rise through California politics. At times I wasn't sure if the author liked Kamala, didn't like her or was indifferent. Overall it was fairly positive. Where Kamala was judged a bit harshly was were all women are and probably especially Black women. I like that Kamala is tough on the establishment and hope she keeps fighting it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    A hagiography that might bring benefits to the author. Of course, the unpleasant parts are conveniently forgotten, the well known parts are carefully white washed and the rest is overblown.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Anderberg

    I didn’t know much about Harris before she became a presidential candidate. After reading Morain’s book, I came away with a deeper understanding of not only our first woman elected on a presidential ticket, but the forces that shaped her life and career too. From young protester (her mom brought her to peace protests while still in a stroller), to Canadian misfit (she was in Montreal for her middle and high school years); from ambitious student at Howard U in DC, to young prosecutor in the Bay Ar I didn’t know much about Harris before she became a presidential candidate. After reading Morain’s book, I came away with a deeper understanding of not only our first woman elected on a presidential ticket, but the forces that shaped her life and career too. From young protester (her mom brought her to peace protests while still in a stroller), to Canadian misfit (she was in Montreal for her middle and high school years); from ambitious student at Howard U in DC, to young prosecutor in the Bay Area; from California’s Attorney General, to presidential candidate. Morain covers it all pretty objectively—though the positives are given more attention than the negatives, which I wish would have been explored a bit deeper. Along the way, the reader gets a really interesting inside look at the unique makeup and politics of California itself, and especially of the Bay Area. Titans of the state’s power structures who pop up include Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, and ex-boyfriend Willie Brown (which was a weird relationship and I wish it would have been given more real estate in the book). As with Osnos’ book on Biden, the intention here is definitely to be a short primer on the woman elected to one of the most powerful positions in America, for people who are now trying to get to know her as she takes office. The books seem similar in form and intent, though Morain covers Harris’ early life better than Osnos does Biden. Again, I’ll just say that I just wish there was more. That book will come someday, though there’s certainly additional chapters to be written. To repeat what I said above: in the meantime, this is a good place to start. Rating: 3.5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Kost

    This book sinks in Californiana like a lead weight; the minutiae is excrutiating. If that's your bag, have at it. If not, even if you're raring for a paean to Harris, don't bother with this. Do yourself a favor and just read The New Yorker articles on Harris (e.g. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... ). Or read her autobiography, The Truths We Hold, from which Morain sources most of his info. Morain's career has been focused on California politics and Harris became SF District Attorney and t This book sinks in Californiana like a lead weight; the minutiae is excrutiating. If that's your bag, have at it. If not, even if you're raring for a paean to Harris, don't bother with this. Do yourself a favor and just read The New Yorker articles on Harris (e.g. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... ). Or read her autobiography, The Truths We Hold, from which Morain sources most of his info. Morain's career has been focused on California politics and Harris became SF District Attorney and then CA State Attorney General, so bla bla bla about CA politics, crime and criminal justice initiatives, gun control, charges against parents of habitual school truants, and mortgage relief to people who took on far more than they could pay. [I used to live in CA and was astonished by the folks earning $9/hour in the Del Monte packing plants buying $400,000 homes; um, as a taxpayer, I don't want to bail out people living above their means; ditto student loan debt eradication]. I'll save you the trouble and summarize: Kamala's mom to Kamala, what do you want? "Fee-dom!" (3). That Harris has repeated this brings to mind the German term Fremdschämen, embarrassment on behalf of another. I'm red-faced for her. About the assistance she received from her relationship with the married Willie Brown-the-Rainmaker: "He used that clout to open doors for Harris early in her career, part of a long tradition of mentorship and patronage. No one rises on his or her own...." (34). (What's a little adultery in politics, after all?; sex is a commodity, a means of exchange). Harris's character is unimpeachable, we read. In fact, when no one was watching, she visited a dying fan (64), demonstrating her humanity and true caring nature [egads]. "...Harris, always scouring the political landscape..." (67) just reveals moxy. "The comparisons between Harris and Obama were unmistakable, if facile: they are biracial, smart and attractive; both accomplished attorneys; and both reflective of the new face of the Democratic Party, if not the nation itself. The May 2006 edition of Ebony magazine names them both as being among the '100 + Most Influential Black Americans.' Her photo was number 5; his was number 67." When asked about Obama's legacy, "I have my own legacy," she told the reporter" (69). Now that's some authentic humility right there. Most important takeaway: Harris's sister, Maya, is married to the Tony West, chief legal officer of Uber, you know, those folks who want to avoid paying health insurance and other safety nets and make everyone an independent contractor. He is responsible for its legal, security and compliance and [lack of] ethics functions. He had been Associate Attorney General of the United States and general counsel of PepsiCo, another company known for its lack of ethics, union busting, and bottled public water tap water (Aquafina). That's quite a pedigree prioritizing monetary gain over ethics. I didn't know this until p. 115. How was this nugget kept out of the news? As a necessary aside not in this book: Harris and Gov. Moonbeam "oversaw the passage of the first ride-hailing state law in the country, California actively assisted ride hailing’s rise. The California law, which became a national model, included a state preemption that handcuffed the ability of local governments to establish their own laws for ride hailing, as they were already doing for traditional taxis. This turned out to be a terrible mistake. It set the stage for the destructive business model that soon swamped city after city. It did not take long before ride hailing’s familiar features became apparent. The companies flooded the streets with cars, resulting in dramatically increased traffic congestion, along with more pollution and carbon emissions. New York City published a report called “Empty Seats, Full Streets,” which showed that a third of drivers have empty cars as they circle, looking for a passenger and burning up hydrocarbons. Too many drivers meant not only more traffic and emissions, but not enough work for all of the drivers. Many do not even make minimum wage after driving expenses are deducted from their gross incomes." Read this: https://prospect.org/labor/kamala-har... It's a perplexing paradox that Harris's sister became pregnant at 17 and gave birth, although the Indian grandmother was a contraception educator and Harris is an ardent advocate for abortion rights. Yes, of course, Democrats defend individual choice and all that, but what if her sister, Maya, had aborted her beloved niece, Meena? Just puzzling this out... Her modest achievements in CA are listed in chapter 20. "Certainly she could have done more...But she was mindful of who she is, a Black woman..." (132). "Critics and some friends say Kamala Harris was overly cautious during her time as attorney general. There is evidence to support that view" (146). Obviously we are meant to see Harris as a politically astute moderate, until... In her victory speech after winning a seat in the Senate in 2016, Harris repeated "the word 'fight' no fewer than 26 times: "I intend to fight for BLM...for students against loan debt, to fight against Big Oil and science deniers, and to fight for workers' rights to collective bargaining and for gun safety laws" (165). BLM is an avowedly Marxist organization. Student loan debt erasure is regressive; it privileges the wealthy who will earn enough with their degree over time to pay off the debt. Science deniers include those on the Left who say that biological sex does not exist, so we can eradicate it, which will privilege men (see my review of Irreversible Damage"). This is an appropriate place to insert Harris's Tweet regarding equity vs. equality: https://twitter.com/kamalaharris/stat... Several chapters are devoted to Harris's role in the attempt to tie Russia to Trump's election. She refused to meet with Trump's nominees, preferring instead to "grill them in public...with yes-or-no questions about complex topics that could not be answered in simple ways....[This] might make for good sound bites, but it did little to provide the public with answers...[or] foster productive relationships..." (188). Again, she knows how to position herself, which is affirmed by the spectacle of Harris v. Kavanaugh. Is it that Democrats believe Christine Blasey Ford and don't believe Tara Reade? Misogyny abounds on both sides of the aisle. The Biden-Harris presidential campaign is lightly treated in the final chapters 32-34, since we all lived through it and it's fresh in memory. That's it. Nothing surprising, edifying or revealing. Skip this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marc ZEIMET

    Kamala, who? That was the question to be asked (by me) when the book was published. Even though the person about whom the biography book talks has been in the limelight for some time. Author and journalist Dan Morain presents an insightful book about Kamala Devi Harris, the new Vice-President of the US. It is an interesting read with a recount in various episodes about the ‘becoming’ of this political personality who is ever more considered to be an ascending star. Is it possible, through this b Kamala, who? That was the question to be asked (by me) when the book was published. Even though the person about whom the biography book talks has been in the limelight for some time. Author and journalist Dan Morain presents an insightful book about Kamala Devi Harris, the new Vice-President of the US. It is an interesting read with a recount in various episodes about the ‘becoming’ of this political personality who is ever more considered to be an ascending star. Is it possible, through this book, to understand Kamala Harris as a person and importantly enough as a public affairs decision maker? To some extent. It appears from the biographical input that we are being shown facets of a person who grew up as a child of immigrants to the US, the latter having chosen this ‘country of opportunities’ to live their private and professional dreams, but it also reflects on the many difficulties, deprivations, hurdles in the lives of those families. Kamala Harris, from her origins, is a person of colour, born and brought up in America, the land of the free, and she seems to have chosen the ‘way of fight’, rather than the one of fright or flight. In that way, the book is inspiring and motivating on many occasions, when her life stories are told. The book enables the discovery of this public figure as a private person, some of her character traits, her drives, her way of thinking along with mindsets that seem to have been shaped by many aspects of her life experiences, all that ultimately makes her outstanding - she is depicted as a human being who is definitely not a pale all-world woman, but someone who wants to contribute, support social change, and have a voice in this process. The biography is able to transfer this motivation in her political, and prior legal profession, agendas. In that respect this document delivers. One might have expected a few more inputs generated from interviews by people who know Kamala Harris privately and politically. But the author provides a satisfying answer to such a query, and finds ways to distil the essence out of his (very neatly selected, while abundant) sources of information. Morain is among those writers who made the start with their biographical work on Kamala Harris, the interested readership is certainly looking forward to more recounts and reflections on this emerging political leader and how she can make a difference, ultimately stand out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Beckford

    This book was fabulous-an educational , enlightening and inspiring account of “kamala’s way.”. Intriguing account of California history law and politics and Kamala’s role within. Kamala the staunch advocate for social justice, women’s reproductive rights, protection of immigrants. Kamala also the antagonist to the trump administration and the woman who used her prosecutorial skills to take on political challenges as she raced up the leadership ladder; Sometimes viewed as brash and tenacious. An This book was fabulous-an educational , enlightening and inspiring account of “kamala’s way.”. Intriguing account of California history law and politics and Kamala’s role within. Kamala the staunch advocate for social justice, women’s reproductive rights, protection of immigrants. Kamala also the antagonist to the trump administration and the woman who used her prosecutorial skills to take on political challenges as she raced up the leadership ladder; Sometimes viewed as brash and tenacious. An glimpse into the unanticipated collapse of the Hillary Clinton campaign. More than that Kamala’s story is presented as incredibly humanistic. Her relationship with her press secretary the late Tyrone Gayle tugs at your heart strings. Touted as the female perspective to Obamas charisma and diversity. A woman on the rise despite setbacks ie lack of funding and an embarrassing lack of black voter support in Southern California resulted in a relatively early collapse in her bid for presidential election. Now Kamala brings her deeply held values to serve as the democratic Vice President to rival Joe Biden. She brings new energy and perspective to take on challenges including racial injustice, climate change, pandemic response. This was a read that was educational and enjoyable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Greenhut

    Not exactly a puff piece but not an in depth look at the personality and circumstances that led to Kamala Harris being the first to break the national glass ceiling. Rather, the author provides a basic overview of the highlights of Kamala's biography, focusing mainly on her steps up the political ladder. And thats the trouble I have with the book. On the one hand, it was good to brush up on her professional highlights-prosecutor, district attorney, attorney general, Senator. But her decision mak Not exactly a puff piece but not an in depth look at the personality and circumstances that led to Kamala Harris being the first to break the national glass ceiling. Rather, the author provides a basic overview of the highlights of Kamala's biography, focusing mainly on her steps up the political ladder. And thats the trouble I have with the book. On the one hand, it was good to brush up on her professional highlights-prosecutor, district attorney, attorney general, Senator. But her decision making, although clearly leaning left and reflecting her liberal values, really were, in essence, political decisions. What she decided to do, what she decided not to do. What she decided to say. What she decided not to say. Its not pure. Politics is not pure. If you want to achieve anything, you've got to get elected, you've got to play the game, make the right connections, raise money. And thats what makes the book a little disappointing. I wanted to read the book and just love her! Instead I realized that truthfully, she's a politician doing what politicians do. However, don't get me wrong. Her political savvy led her to the Vice Presidency and who knows whats coming next. I'll still be voting for her!

  12. 5 out of 5

    musclebai

    the author seemed to deliver a neutral narrative most of the way. while i have not been following kamala politically and could not corroborate the facts and achievements ,had to agree with some of the below: -lack of bipartisanship -possibly perceived as threat by elderly politicians - inability to digest a smart brown voice - apt use f social media in harvesting support but i had to laugh at the below: - fighting spirit being instilled into her since the time her mother took her out to protest in str the author seemed to deliver a neutral narrative most of the way. while i have not been following kamala politically and could not corroborate the facts and achievements ,had to agree with some of the below: -lack of bipartisanship -possibly perceived as threat by elderly politicians - inability to digest a smart brown voice - apt use f social media in harvesting support but i had to laugh at the below: - fighting spirit being instilled into her since the time her mother took her out to protest in stroller....this was really pushing it very little has been mentioned about her faith which is a area of interest to me.just like Bobby jindal she seem to have opportunistically chosen Christianity as being Christian is one of the major criteria for being an American president. have spent a significant amount of time in states and cant believe a Hindu American would identify as African American except under dire circumstances or an arising opportunity. another factor that could lead to it is a left leaning mindset of parents if any....

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This wasn't close to what was anticipated. Kamala Harris has lead a remarkable life and her background (raised by an amazing single mother should have been covered, as well as her years practicing law). This was disappointing for the first female VP who is changing politics with President Biden and probably will become the first female POTUS. Following the despicable four years of Donald Trump, Biden and Harris will restore the US to civil, justice and harmony by serving all citizens as the Cons This wasn't close to what was anticipated. Kamala Harris has lead a remarkable life and her background (raised by an amazing single mother should have been covered, as well as her years practicing law). This was disappointing for the first female VP who is changing politics with President Biden and probably will become the first female POTUS. Following the despicable four years of Donald Trump, Biden and Harris will restore the US to civil, justice and harmony by serving all citizens as the Constitution intended. Citizens of the country deserve to know her unique and amazing history; she's an ambitious woman with a fascinating history and an empowering future. I recommend 'The Truths We Hold: An American Journey' by Kamala Harris (2019) as an excellent read. It is a much better book than this one by Dan Morain who is a journalist in CA; seems he was out for the money of a book. Read the real information by Kamala, herself and find out her history and biography and ambitions in an amazing read as mentioned above.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Dunlap

    [stopped at page 26] It gives me no great joy to write a thoroughly negative review about ANY book, but I must be honest. This book is terrible! The author seems to have no idea how to structure a paragraph: he will provide a sentence or two (maybe even several) on his subject, Kamala Harris, then he will go off on some seemingly irrelevant tangent -- introducing other people into the narrative, then as promptly dropping them -- and meander around until returning to his subject. He also seems to [stopped at page 26] It gives me no great joy to write a thoroughly negative review about ANY book, but I must be honest. This book is terrible! The author seems to have no idea how to structure a paragraph: he will provide a sentence or two (maybe even several) on his subject, Kamala Harris, then he will go off on some seemingly irrelevant tangent -- introducing other people into the narrative, then as promptly dropping them -- and meander around until returning to his subject. He also seems to have no sense of chronology, of how one event in a life leads to another event, which, in turn, leads to yet another. Doesn't Simon & Schuster even HIRE editors any more? -- There might be a decent biography buried in among the lines of this book, but the thicket of verbiage is badly in need of trimming and rearranging. UGH!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kindra

    I try to read a biography of all leading presidential candidates and just got around to Kamala. This particular bio was chosen only because it was available as an audiobook from my library. The repeated use of ‘it was Kamala’s way’ and its variations was a little cheesy but overall this was good for a political bio. Many books about political figures are either fawningly positive or overly negative. This was one of the more neutral bios I’ve read in recent years although it seemed clear the auth I try to read a biography of all leading presidential candidates and just got around to Kamala. This particular bio was chosen only because it was available as an audiobook from my library. The repeated use of ‘it was Kamala’s way’ and its variations was a little cheesy but overall this was good for a political bio. Many books about political figures are either fawningly positive or overly negative. This was one of the more neutral bios I’ve read in recent years although it seemed clear the author does support Harris. The author covered the basics of Harris’ career, political history, successes and failures.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Pros :: 3.75. Good insight to Kamala Harris — a consummate politician with a heart. Shows her strengths, weaknesses, good points and missteps. Regardless of what Kamala does, she will be criticized. She must be transparent, truthful and compassionate. Cons :: Seemed almost too pro Kamala at times, yet it did point out her faults. Everyone is human — it’s dangerous to put people on pedestal. Would have liked to seen some photos included Cover art :: 5 out of 5. Great pic of Kamala Harris

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Enjoyed getting better aquatinted with our new VP. I do love that the book ended here in Jacksonville, FL. Also, in celebration of that last chapter - “Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Cameron

    I really wanted to like this one, but I felt like there were more stories about the people around her than actual stories about her. It read a bit too much like a newspaper for my taste... I didn't finish the book. I might go back to it again at another time. I really wanted to like this one, but I felt like there were more stories about the people around her than actual stories about her. It read a bit too much like a newspaper for my taste... I didn't finish the book. I might go back to it again at another time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I wish I had read The Truths We Hold instead, as it was referenced heavily in this book. It was hard to slog through in places. There's only so much California Policy that I am interested in. That said, I learned a few things about Kamala Harris, which was my purpose in picking it up. I wish I had read The Truths We Hold instead, as it was referenced heavily in this book. It was hard to slog through in places. There's only so much California Policy that I am interested in. That said, I learned a few things about Kamala Harris, which was my purpose in picking it up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Informative This was an informative book, but sometimes hard to follow. It was not in chronological order, it jumped around. But I loved being to know how Madame Vice President worked her way up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    A fairly brief (200+ pages) but good summary of Harris' career. I learned a lot from it. She's a good, capable person who has done positive things but also a careful, self-serving politician. That goes with the territory. A fairly brief (200+ pages) but good summary of Harris' career. I learned a lot from it. She's a good, capable person who has done positive things but also a careful, self-serving politician. That goes with the territory.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Mahan

    Kamala’s Waymore. This book is a I did not know much about Kamala Harris and once she became Vice President I thought I should find out more about her. This book is a really good place to start and I will be reading more about her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    The author was on the ground as a reporter during Harris’s rise through Californian politics, but there’s precious little insight into who Kamala Harris is as a person.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Rankin

    Very interesting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee Glassberg

    Well written book about our incoming Vice President. I tells her life story in a beautiful way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan Cotter

    This is an interesting read about Kamala Harris and her path to the VP. The author covered California politics for more than 40 years.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    She's smart, savvy and now the VP. Author was a journo/opinion editor at LA Times and SacBee. She's smart, savvy and now the VP. Author was a journo/opinion editor at LA Times and SacBee.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire Kranz

    Skip this book for Kamala’s autobiography.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maryclaire

    This book is more on the political life and people of California. Not what I was looking for.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The book was a factual account but lacked soul.

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