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United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
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 Post
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
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 Post
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        March 15, 2016

        This first book by Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey and one of the rising stars nationally of the Democratic Party, is highly readable and engaging. Both within his home state and via his social media presence, Booker has become known for his positive, approachable manner, and this work, which blends memoir and politics is written in that voice. He begins by documenting his familial history and follows with how he entered politics; prior to the U.S. Senate, Booker, a Yale Law School graduate, was a city councilman and mayor of Newark, NJ, his adopted hometown. He focuses chapters on the local leaders (e.g., heads of tenants' organizations) who inspired him and shaped his experiences, and consistently credits them for their tireless work in the city. His impassioned call for reforms to the country's criminal justice system, especially with regards to mandatory minimum sentences and the lack of resources for the recently released, is backed up by data and his time living with and advocating for Newark's most vulnerable. Whether readers agree or disagree with the senator's politics, his titular appeal for Americans to recognize their history of interdependence and to work to improve the lives of others is hard to dispute. VERDICT Booker's book will likely interest and inspire not only his constituents but also a range of U.S. readers, especially those concerned with the criminal justice system and the current state of partisan politics. [See Prepub Alert, 7/20/15; "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 9/1/15, p. 32.]--Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Yes, Booker here talks about his life as a star student and football player, a Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law graduate, and the mayor of Newark and New Jersey's first African American U.S. senator. But he uses these experiences to address key issues of our times, particularly the criminal justice system, the economy, and the environment. As Booker himself says, "I am excited to have the opportunity to share stories and ideas that I believe are important if we as a nation are to continue to advance together."

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        April 4, 2016
        Booker, a junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, provides a multifaceted exploration of the many moments and people who have left an indelible mark on him and his political career. Booker shows how other people are instrumental in success as a leader, including in his case his father, the community leaders and activists who mentored him over years, and even the people he has lost or let down. With a light rasp, a slight New Jersey lilt, and a history of public speaking, Booker does a spectacular job narrating his audio edition of his book. He keeps a strong and consistent projection throughout the production and knows exactly when to slow down, lighten his tone, and convey more solemn emotions such as regret and sadness. He is especially adept at respectfully invoking the people he writes about in his book. He provides unique voices that liven up the script. A Ballantine hardcover.

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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.
 
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