Social justice, unspoken truths, and Bradley Cooper: inside Kamala Harris's book
The 2020 candidate plays her cards close to the chest in her new book. But readers can learn a lot from what she doesn’t say
Hollywood stars never tell you what they’re actually allowed to eat, and political memoirs never tell you how a politician actually got elected.
Senator Kamala Harris’s new autobiography, released just before she announced her presidential campaign, reveals very little about the California senator’s fascinating, historic rise in Democratic politics. Campaign memoirs are not a literary exercise: they’re an excuse for a speaking tour. Like most examples of the genre, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey is a mix of copy-pasted policy papers and “relatable” personal anecdotes. Harris repeats, sometimes nearly word for word, many of the stories she has shared in speeches and interviews.