Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
On Sale: February 16, 2016
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A passionate new voice in American politics, United States
Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of
empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation
toward a brighter future.
Raised in northern New Jersey, Cory Booker went to Stanford
University on a football scholarship, accepted a Rhodes
Scholarship to Oxford University, then studied at Yale Law
School. Graduating from Yale, his options were limitless.
He chose public service.
He chose to move to a rough neighborhood in Newark, New
Jersey, where he worked as a tenants’ rights lawyer before
winning a seat on the City Council. In 2006, he was elected
mayor, and for more than seven years he was the public face
of an American city that had gone decades with too little
positive national attention and investment. In 2013, Booker
became the first African American elected to represent New
Jersey in the U.S. Senate.
In United, Cory Booker draws on personal experience to issue
a stirring call to reorient our nation and our politics
around the principles of compassion and solidarity. He
speaks of rising above despair to engage with hope, pursuing
our shared mission, and embracing our common destiny.
Here is his account of his own political education, the
moments—some entertaining, some heartbreaking, all of them
enlightening—that have shaped his civic vision. Here are the
lessons Booker learned from the remarkable people who
inspired him to serve, men and women whose example fueled
his desire to create opportunities for others. Here also are
his observations on the issues he cares about most deeply,
from race and crime and the crisis of mass incarceration to
economic and environmental justice.
“Hope is the active conviction that despair will never have
the last word,” Booker writes in this galvanizing book. In a
world where we too easily lose touch with our neighbors, he
argues, we must remember that we all rise or fall
together—and that we must move beyond mere tolerance for one
another toward a deeper connection: love.
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