By Paul Miller, Continue reading in the New York Observer
At a time of historic political and social divide in our nation, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is putting himself out there as a unifying voice. Today, the Garden State Democrat released his first book, United, recounting personal stories of his “political and personal awakening.” Mr. Booker’s message is one of cooperation—working together for the common good. United traces Mr. Booker’s journey from taking up residence in a violence-ravaged neighborhood in Newark (Brick Towers) with the goal of uplifting the community, to key moments in his political career.
The junior senator shares with readers the moment he held a young man, gunned down, who would eventually die in his arms, as well as fascinating revelations about his family history courtesy of his appearance on the PBS series, “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Mr. Booker’s passion for issues such as criminal justice reform and the environment are evident throughout the book. His concern for the working poor appears to be a dominant theme in his life.