Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story

Viking. Apr. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781984881601. $28. MEMOIR
Hirono has written one of the finest political memoirs in the history of the genre and offers details of political resistance during the Trump era. Hirono’s story begins with her family’s roots in Japan and their experience as immigrants in Hawai’i. One of the book’s greatest strengths is the author’s ability to consistently connect the experiences of her formative years with her political drive and perspective. The book also embraces the setting of Hawai’i, providing insight into the cultural and political scene of the 50th state, especially focusing on the experience of women leadership in Hawai’i’s unique culture. It is the latter half of the book, however, recounting Hirono’s time as a U.S. Senator, that contains the most passion. Hirono shares in detail what it was like to speak out against the Trump administration, and readers will find that her voice is as strong in her memoir as it was on the Senate floor.
VERDICT Hirono offers an astoundingly compelling glance into U.S. politics, and also provides an honest look at how much grit it takes for people from less privileged backgrounds to make it in American politics and make a difference in their community. A must-read that demands a broad audience.
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