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We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

HarperAudio. 2020. 1,058p. ISBN 9781094162898. $39.99. POL SCI
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This book is part memoir, part cautionary tale, and part call to action and does a great job with each aspect. Written with a skilled coauthor, and still in progress at the time of Congressman Cummings’s untimely death in 2019, it has a currency that resonates well as the 2020 presidential election continues to unfold. Cummings was the first Democrat in the House of Representatives to meet with the newly elected President Trump and he learned valuable lessons early on. He weaves stories of his childhood and early lessons learned with scenes from his political career, rooted in his beloved city of Baltimore. He lived in the same neighborhood he grew up in and credits his successes to his roots and the community that supported him throughout his life. The majority of this audiobook is read by Laurence Fishburne and he gives a commanding performance. The eulogies that are included at the end are presented as recorded at the memorial service for Cummings and are equally compelling.
VERDICT Strongly recommended for all public libraries.
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