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United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

United Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 to

  • Title: United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
  • Author: Cory Booker
  • ISBN: 9781101926666
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Audio CD
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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,NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 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.Praise for United An exceedingly good book, and an important book, and a reminder of what makes Booker an important and, through it all, a promising public figure PolitickerNJ What sets Senator Booker s work apart from that of similar political books is that it seeks to elevate discourse rather than bring down opponents of the opposite partisan persuasion This is a refreshing take, one that is truly worthy of study and contemplation The Huffington PostFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Cory Booker

      Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013 Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.

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    1. This is absolutely the book you write a decade or so before you run for President. It does all the things it politically should do in order to introduce him to people who have never heard of him and answer questions about his life for those who have been following his public image for a while. If you've read Barack Obama's books, you'll recognize a lot of the same techniques for painting a picture of a flawed, but overall good man. Booker casually confirms his oft-questioned heterosexuality with [...]


    2. What a GREAT read! Cory Booker is a great guy with an even more amazing story. I had no idea who he was before this book but now i feel like he's truly one of the good people in politics actually trying to make a difference. This got 5 easy stars. I'd give it more if i could. The book goes through his life from a kid to a U.S. Senator. Amazing stories were told and to be honest i can't wait to hear them again. A must read!


    3. I've been a fan of Cory Booker for many years and was excited to listen to this audiobook in his own voice. Mr. Booker is such inspiration and breath of fresh air in politics and I can only hope he will be our President in the future.



    4. This wasn’t just a book, or a story about a politician. I just read a book that was about normal people, about us. I was inspired and moved by it and I recommend you to read it too. But again, it wasn’t just a book, it was more than that. Stephen Covey has written about a principle centered way of living, meaning a valuebased approach to everyday life. For me that is about trying your best everyday to be a little bit better than the day before. You may think this sounds idealistic. And it do [...]


    5. I don't know that I've ever read a political memoir that's more honest and inspiring than this one. Each chapter is a short story that reflects an overall lesson from Booker's life and career. I was particularly fascinated by the story about the IHOP waitress and how it reflected the impact of community violence and low minimum wage on families. I was also unaware of the incredible sacrifices Booker made to start his political career in a way that ensured he understood the values of his constitu [...]


    6. UNITED is less a book and more the kindest, most generous, heart-felt thank you letter to everyone who ever touched Mr. Booker's life. His story is humble, filled with hope and truly inspiring.This was the perfect book for me to read at the end of 2016, when it seemed that the majority of the "news" was bleak, at best. At the same time, it will also be the perfect book for me to introduce to 'my' HS seniors at the beginning of 2017. I absolutely love being able to introduce a real-life hero to t [...]



    7. I really admire Cory Booker and the journey he took to get where he is today. In "United…" he doesn't try to hide any privilege he might have had growing up in an upper middle class household. And he doesn't shy away from discussing his flaws; conversely, he is open about his "teachable moments"— times when he was blatantly wrong, and learned from his mistakes, which I find to be an important characteristic for those in leadership positions to possess. The way with which he approaches issues [...]


    8. So, if you think that the political scene in this country is a screwed-up mess, read this book and see that there is hope. Cory Booker's story is an amazing one: educated black man chooses to go live in the projects of Newark, NJ after graduation from law school, so that he can make a difference. He soon discovers that what he envisions doesn't meet with what is needed, but he is very good at listening, working, and uniting people for a stronger community. This barely touches the tip of the iceb [...]


    9. I'm a big Cory Booker fan and had no idea what he faced while running for office. (Sharpe James is shaaady. Watch Street Fight on Netflix, which gets into it much more!) This isn't a typical autobiography. Booker shares a little about his background and how and why he wanted to get involved, but it's more about the people and the issues.


    10. ehhhh. i expected more. 2.5 stars, inching towards 3e organization of the book was strange. i feel like we started off learning about his foundation in Newark, the people that influenced him and helped him find his way and encouraged him to run for city council. then there's brief mention of his run for mayor, and then suddenly he's running for US senate. i think he did some important reflection on his young naivete as a privileged Ivy League grad coming to "save" Newark, but not so much reflect [...]


    11. In his book Cory Booker recounts stories and the lessons he learned from people who have inspired him during his life. He went to Stanford University where he played football and majored in political science. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied sociology at Oxford. On returning to the United States he entered Yale Law School.Booker begins his stories with the non-profit work he did with the poor while in Yale Law School. Upon graduation he went to work with a non-profit in a poor sec [...]


    12. Cory Booker for President! He's definitely better than any of the choices facing me currently.I was intrigued by Cory Booker when I watched a show on PBS detailing his run against the corrupt, then incumbent mayor of Newark, NJ. Why would the intelligent, privileged son of two IBM executives choose to live in a run-down, drug-infested apartment building in a city that's not even where he's really from? Because he wants to make the world better and he's starting in his corner.While I'm sure that [...]


    13. I found this book hard to put down. I'd heard all the popular stories about Cory Booker's heroics during his time as mayor of Newark. Those stories are not in this book. The stars of this book are the city of Newark and the people who nurtured him from an aspiring young activist into a political leader. It is an emotional and compelling read that also packs in a lot of facts and some strong policy recommendations on criminal justice reform and other issues that matter to our cities. I look forwa [...]


    14. I find it fascinating to read the words, thoughts, and convictions of those that choose to devote themselves to public service and the dreams they have for making this country great. Senator Booker without a doubt feels all of the possible feels, but one sentiment for sure gripped my heart and I hope it continuities it’s hold on the ole heart strings for many years to come. We must all strive to do more than simply tolerate one another. We must love each other. Human lives should be valued and [...]


    15. cory booker, the junior senator from new jersey has enjoyed a remarkable political ascendancy. in his first book, united: thoughts on finding common ground and advancing the common good, the former newark mayor and city councilman offers the obligatory biographical sketch, as well as insight into the formative personal and political experiences that have molded and informed his belief system and governing priorities. perhaps most noteworthy for a political memoir, booker doesn't dwell on his own [...]


    16. Although I've known Cory for 14 years and have seen him speak probably a hundred times, this book was full of stories and ideas that revealed layers of history, beliefs and character that are new to me. Significant and memorable in ways similar to Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father and Jonathan Kozol's Amazing Grace, this book expertly interweaves stories with policy and statistical data that illustrate, on the one hand, how civil rights crusaders made possible Booker's life of opportunity -- [...]


    17. I like Cory Booker and the points he is trying to make in this book are valid. I'm with him in theory, I just don't think he expresses himself well in this book. First off, there are editing issues; some just straight out repeated words or bad punctuation, but also a lot of repetitive re-capping of people and events. This causes each chapter to read more like an individual essay than part of a cohesive book. And each chapter (with the exception of the last one) pretty much express the same frust [...]


    18. Cory Booker is a bastion of hope in this seemingly negative time in our countries history. He seems to be everything one would hope for in a politician and epitomizes the ideal of when they go low we go high. This book gives a history of his time as a Newark councilmen, mayor, and junior Senator from New Jersey and speaks to his main goals as a senator. He never speaks negatively of those who he disagrees with and just comes off as a really down to earth guy. Since beginning this book I have oft [...]


    19. When I started this book last week Hillary had not yet made her choice for VP. I had been hoping Cory Booker might be the choice. Having read this, I think he'll be an exciting national figure for the Dem's at some point, but now is a bit too soon. And I'm fine with Kaine as VP choice.Booker has a good set of stories to tell. He comes from a fairly secure upbringing, so this was not the view from the bottom. But he over and over took it upon himself to care about and seek out the view from the b [...]


    20. This is one of that type of book we're seeing from many politicians: Short enough, and easy enough to read, and giving some idea of who they are with anecdotes, a summary of accomplishments, and hopes for the future. Most of these books are nothing great, so it will be a rare one that gets more than three stars from me. This book is a satisfactory introduction to Senator Cory Booker. I'm reading books like this because I want to get to know the up-and-coming Democratic leaders now that Hillary C [...]


    21. Great audio book ready by the author Cory Booker. I've been listening to it since the beginning of the year. It was at its best when telling stories of perseverance, determination, and overcoming adversity (more so the people he met along the way than his own personal stories). It was not as good when Booker got a little preachy about his ideology, faith and core beliefs. I agree with him on many things but know that the way the message is packaged is half the battle. Individual stories influenc [...]


    22. This book hit the right tone for me - hopeful but not idyllic, some religious tones without feeling preachy, and like somebody in government has some good ideas. Found this book inspiring - a man who comes from privilege voluntarily lives in poor neighborhoods in order to lift them up and help - because we stand on the shoulders of giants. Booker believes that none of us got where we are on our own and his belief that we should all give back and pay it forward comes through. His mentors have int [...]


    23. Senator Booker writes very well. The book reads more like an essay collection than a cohesive memoir, and as a result some of the material is repeated, but this was never distracting. He says a lot of things that I think are important to hear, especially now.


    24. Mr. Booker has been on my radar for a couple of years now; mainly because he’s 1) a vegan senator, and 2) the opposite of everything I’ve ever hated about politics. This man works from his ideals of compassion, respect, and faith, and the words he’d written here would mean NOTHING, if I hadn’t first seen these ideals displayed in his behavior and work. This book has some flow issues that an editor should have fixed, but for the most part, it’s an inspiring glimpse into a life of servic [...]


    25. Inspiring. So much more than a self-congratulatory memoir - filled with insights on criminal justice reform, environmental activism, and improving life in American cities. He's one of the good ones.


    26. Cool to read in conjunction w/ “The New Jim Crow” - Booker uses passages from Alexander and both talk about many similar topics


    27. I came into this book already having a lot of respect for Cory Booker and I came out of it with a deeper understanding of his views and even more respect for him. I lived for seven years in Newark, NJ (although in the northern part, not the central ward) and for another 4 years in neighboring Belleville. I voted twice for Cory Booker for mayor and then later would have voted for him as a senator if I hadn't moved away from NJ. I was aware of his policies and his background, and I knew he once re [...]


    28. Cory is an incredibly inspiring leader who using his education, experience, faith and positive attitude to focus on what is really important in this world while he dedicates his life to public service. This book is a small summary of his early life and his life in public service so far. He covers very well his path to the Senate as he worked his way through some of the toughest problems Americans are facing. I very much love his open and honest approach to storytelling showing us that he too is [...]


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