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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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The Truths We Hold
An American Journey,

by Kamala Harris



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Click here for 6 full quotes from Kamala Harris in the book The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris.
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book is Kamala Harris' introduction of herself to voters, accompanying her announcement for the presidency early in 2019. Harris outlines her views on domestic issues at length, but foreign policy issues only sparingly (presumably there'll be a big foreign policy speech sometime later in the 2020 campaign, and perhaps another book).

We will discuss here whether the book substantiates Kamala's campaign slogan, "For the People" -- that's the title of chapter one of this book, and the slogan that appears as the title tag of her campaign website. The slogan is what Kamala said in court countless times, as the public prosecutor, when identifying herself in a case in which she represented the state of California (as in "John Smith for the defendant" vs. "Kamala Harris, for the people" which really means "for the state"). But it also has populist overtones, as in "I am for the people against big business". This book well-exemplifies Harris' populist credentials, but not her progressive credentials. Our VoteMatch rating of Kamala Harris scores her as a "Populist-Leaning Liberal", which this book substantiates.

We explored the progressive aspects of this book, along with Harris' 2009 book, Smart on Crime. Harris calls herself a "progressive prosecutor" and we pointed out that she is not progressive on criminal justice issues at all. But we'd like to provide some context -- because all of the Democratic candidates are equally imperfect on progressive credentials -- those who claim to be progressives as well as those who don't. We summarize the Democratic primary frontrunners' stances in terms of whether they toe the line on progressive issues:

Progressive issue Joe Biden Cory Booker Kirsten Gillibrand Kamala Harris Beto O`Rourke Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren
Pro-choice Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Pro-Affirmative Action Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Pro-same sex marriage Progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Anti-privatization of Social Security Progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Anti-charters and vouchers Weak progressive Non-progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Pro-EPA regulations Progressive Progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Pro-Black Lives Matter Weak progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Non-progressive Progressive Progressive Non-progressive
Pro-gun control Progressive Progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Weak progressive Progressive
Pro-tax on wealthy Progressive Non-progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive
Pro-fair trade Weak progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Progressive Non-progressive Progressive Progressive
Anti-American Exceptionalism Progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Non-progressive
Anti-military spending Weak progressive Non-progressive Non-progressive Non-progressive Weak progressive Progressive Weak progressive
Anti-Mideast intervention Weak progressive Non-progressive Non-progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Non-progressive
Anti-Drug War Non-progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Weak progressive Progressive Progressive Weak progressive

Every one of the frontrunner candidates has some anti-progressive stances; and every major issue includes some Demcoratic candidates who aren't progressive. We note that Joe Biden and some others never call themselves progressives -- but Kamala Harris does. And we omit several issues on which all of the candidates agree -- such as: pro-ObamaCare; pro-immigration; anti-voter suppression; pro-green energy; pro-federal stimulus -- those are President Trump's and the Republican Party's big issues so the Democrats are all consistent. (You can click on the candidates' names to see the issue stance lists on which we based our summary).

Bottom line: Kamala Harris is a pretty good progressive, not the most progressive among the Demcoratic frontrunners, but not the worst. For progressive voters whose key issue is criminal justice reform, Harris is unacceptably non-progressive, as we explore in our book review of Smart on Crime. Similarly, for progressive voters whose key issue is public education, Cory Booker is unacceptably non-progressive -- but he is a pretty good progressive on other issues. Democratic progressive voters should define their own core issue and supprt a candidate who matches their priorities -- there are plenty to choose from in 2020!

-- Jesse Gordon, [email protected], editor-in-chief of OnTheIssues, March 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Crime
    I'm part of changing prosecutors' history of injustice.
    Back on Track: expungement for first-time minor offenders.
    Punish violent criminals, but understand they also need help.
Education
    As child, bused to desegregated school with mixed races.
Families & Children
    Sanctuary for prostituted youth so they can escape pimps.
    Shut down brothels masquerading as massage parlors.


The above quotations are from The Truths We Hold
An American Journey,

by Kamala Harris
.

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