We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy (英語) ペーパーバック – 大判プリント, 2020/10/13
"Impressive on multiple levels . . . an urgent call to action, imploring us to defend our democracy as it is assailed by threats internal and external. And, perhaps above all, it is a poignant reminder of just how much the nation lost with his death. . . . To read this book is to join the ranks of his admirers." -- NPR
“Excellent political memoir by the late Democratic representative from Baltimore…A thoughtful and inspiring exhortation to do better by a much-missed leader.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A forceful valedictory. . . . Cummings’s paeans to family, faith, and general idealism make this a moving tale worth reading." -- Publishers Weekly
"Moving insight into a remarkable man, which remains a touching tribute to his accomplishments in the later years of his life." -- Library Journal (starred review)
“In Congress, we miss his wisdom, his warm friendship, and his great humanity. In Baltimore, we miss our champion. God truly blessed the United States with the life and leadership of Elijah Cummings. What a blessing that, with this wonderful book, generations of Americans—our ‘living messengers’ to the future—will now be able to read his words and learn from his beautiful life!” -- From the Foreword by Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“This memoir serves as an urgent call to action for all Americans as we strive to live up to our nation’s pledge of ‘liberty and justice for all’ as only Elijah could deliver it. He and I often spoke of our shared backgrounds and experiences, probably the most significant of all was that we each grew up as the son of a preacher…He is missed, but his message lives on in this powerful testimony of how we can best move our country toward the promise of ‘a more perfect union.’” -- Rep. James E. Clyburn, House Majority Whip (D-SC)
"The legendary, late Baltimore congressman shares the stories of his past with an eye to the future in this apt-for-our-times memoir." -- Newsweek
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and died there on October 17, 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Congressman Cummings dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he represented. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served sixteen years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. First sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Cummings proudly represented Maryland's 7th District since 1996. He became Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in 2011 and was appointed as Chairman of the Committee in 2019.
James Dale has collaborated on a number of books on sports, business, medicine, and life lessons. His works include The Power of Nice with agent-negotiator Ron Shapiro; Just Show Up with Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr.; and The Q Factor with Super Bowl–winning coach Brian Billick.
- 出版社 : HarperLuxe; Large type / Large print版 (2020/10/13)
- 発売日 : 2020/10/13
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 336ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0063079364
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063079366
- 寸法 : 15.24 x 1.98 x 22.86 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 948,444位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Elijah Cummings did what he could for his country. Now it's up to us to see that his work is carried onward. The book contains sixteen pages of photographs. I'm purchasing extra copies for friends.
This book opens with a moving Forward from Speaker Pelosi. Then the Introduction from the co-writer of this book that brought truth and literally left me in tears. I wasn’t sure I could read the book. I did, I felt the Chairman’s voice and powerful story that helped him govern ethically and fairly. The book is well written. I felt it was a bit rushed because there was so much more to this man then just the crimes of this president. Reading about his childhood and how he equated it to how he lived his life was very enlightening. Many of us from African American families grew up with parents and grandparents who raised us morally, ethically with pride of our heritage regardless of the history of slavery. Slavery was a violation of our humanity and not our shame but that of white America. We learn we are better than the condition of slavery and that knowledge helps us forgive and excel. Elijah Cummings was no different.
After reading this book, I immediately went to YouTube for his last speech at the National Press Office in Washington, DC. The bravery and strength of this man. Incredible pain, pneumonia, an aggressive cancer, out of control gout yet he didn’t bow to his physical circumstances. He continued to do his job. Sadly after all his inspiring work, Mitch McConnell didn’t respect the process to hold a legitimate hearing. The sad part about this book is it wasn’t finished, it was obvious as his voice changed to that I presume of his beloved wife Maya Cummings. I think I would have preferred the book to end with chapter 7 the Impeachment chapter. Maybe input from his daughters if it was going to be written by someone other than him.
The book was emotional, revealing, makes you wonder about justice in our Congress and how our presidents are elected This Congressman was a protector of the people of his beloved city as well as the citizens and rule of law of this great country. I wonder if the stress of the daily crimes of this administration put additional stress on his health as cancer spirals in a stressful body. Nonetheless, yes I would still recommend this book, I would love to hear from his daughters as they were inspired by his career choice and the man he was. I would expect his beloved wife will write about her life with him and the inspirational figure that was Elijah. The work ethic alone deserves a medal of freedom as he did his job nearly up to the last minutes of his life.
Our children should read about this man, as a reference of a powerful figure who worked to save the Democracy of this great country as well as the United States Constitution. This man didn’t have much time to put these word written but what is here is worth reading and sharing with current and future generations.
I gave it 4 stars only because the voice changed to his wife, I stopped hearing the voice of the Congressman. The story sort of remains unfinished.
-- A Long time friend.