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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cory Booker Narrator: Cory Booker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781101926659
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A passionate new voice in American politics, US 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 US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Huffington Post

  • “An exceedingly good book, and an important book, and a reminder of what makes [Cory] Booker an important and, through it all, a promising public figure.”


  • “This first book by Booker…is highly readable and engaging…He begins by documenting his familial history and follows with…chapters on the local leaders who inspired him and shaped his experiences, and consistently credits them for their tireless work in the city…His titular appeal for Americans to recognize their history of interdependence and to work to improve the lives of others is hard to dispute.”

    Library Journal

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly audio review

  • “The author…lays out his vision of what this country can become if we can unite and find our compassion…As narrator, he brings the same energy and enthusiasm that he does to his personal appearances and speeches. He reads with passion and conviction, and he uses his voice to urge listeners to take action on the issues he discusses. There are times when his delivery is too fast and he swallows words, but these are forgivable because they show us his humanity and, yes, his compassion.”


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About the Author

Cory Booker is the junior United States senator from New Jersey. He was born in Washington, DC, and his parents, who both worked for IBM, later relocated the family to Harrington Park, New Jersey. A star high school athlete, he received a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before earning his law degree from Yale University. He won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg to become New Jersey’s first African American senator and only the twenty-first person in American history to ascend directly from mayor to senator. He lives in Newark’s Central Ward.