Kamala’s Way: An American Life

S. & S. Jan. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781982175764. $28. BIOG
Kamala Harris’s way is the combination of toughness and empathy that enabled her to thrive in the gritty world of California politics, says Morain, longtime reporter for the Los Angeles Times and editor of the Sacramento Bee. Harris was not interviewed, but the author did get to know her during her years as a San Francisco district attorney, a state attorney general, and as a California senator. Not much is included about Harris’s childhood, her college years at Howard, or her personal life; however, the book does succeed in its intended purpose of providing political background for future fuller-length treatments. Described here are Harris’s political campaigns, sometimes in minute detail, and her track record in office. Morain reveals “Kamala’s way” in her compassionate advocacy for policies that favored gay marriage and women’s reproductive rights, and her assaults on sex trafficking, unethical for-profit colleges, and corrupt mortgage lenders. The other side of “Kamala’s way” is shown through her persistent questioning of President Trump’s appointees. The book concludes with her embarking on the Biden-Harris presidential campaign.
VERDICT This book will find its audiences among Harris fans and California politics readers. Those seeking more details about Harris’s personal life will relish her memoir, The Truths We Hold.
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