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Cory Booker’s new book calls for cooperation

Glenn Townes | 2/15/2016, 7:36 a.m.
Sen. Cory Booker credits his parents and several others for his enormous success in the national political arena in his ...
Cory Booker

Sen. Cory Booker credits his parents and several others for his enormous success in the national political arena in his recently published book, United, the long awaited memoir by the popular New Jersey senator.

Booker, 46, chronicles his days as a youngster in an upscale, yet quietly racist New Jersey neighborhood; Yale law school; to a two -term mayor of Newark--the largest city in the state; to the current junior senator in the Garden State.

The book, published by Ballantine Bantam Dell—an imprint of Penguin/Random House Publishers in New York, tells the story of the socially media savvy lawyer—more than 1 million Twitter followers and close friend to Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. For Booker, who inherited a crime riddled, scandal scarred and near bankrupt Newark from the reigns of convicted felon and disgraced longtime ex-mayor Sharpe James in 2006,—ascending to the near top of national politics was full of challenges and disappointments. For example, Booker shares his experiences from 7 years as leader of the Brick City including living in a dilapidated housing tenement in the heart of the city in order to call attention to the problem of inadequate housing in Newark; details regarding the highly publicized Newark School yard murders in 2007; the $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; chasing down a bank robber near City Hall in broad daylight; and constant battles with city council; and an out of control crime rate.

In the book, Booker also “makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future,” according to an official release description of the book.

“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, pursing our shared mission and embracing our common destiny,” said the release.

“A united country is an enduring struggle,” Booker writes.

The book, which was slated to be released in January, has already generated publicity prior to its official release on Tuesday. However, the book has gained even more notoriety in the past few days, due in large part to the untimely passing on Friday of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at a ranch in Texas. He was 79.

Booker has already been mentioned by many in the media and some political circles as a possible replacement for Scalia on the nation's high court. In addition, his name has been frequently mentioned as a possible running mate for presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton—two notions he doesn't seem to dismiss in various recent interviews. During a campaign stop in Nevada for Clinton, Booker said, “As flattering as it is to hear that I'm in the conversation, {possibly being considered for the Supreme Court and a running mate for Clinton}, I'm focused 100 percent on being the senator from New Jersey.” To view an excerpt of United, by Cory Booker, visit Booker's web site at www.corybooker.com.