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'Dan Morain is a fair-minded biographer with enough access — he is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee — to make this more than a cuttings job. The Kamala Harris who emerges from these pages is accomplished and politically savvy, perhaps to a fault.' The Times

'This story about how she ran the gauntlet of American politics will leave readers admiring Harris for how she has not only survived but thrived' - The Washington Post

'All her life, Harris has made a habit of exceeding expectations. This book suggests she will do that again as vice-president – and that one day she might also excel as America’s first woman, first Indian and second Black president.​' The Guardian

'Meticulously reported' USA Today


A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to be elected Vice President of the United States.  

In Kamala’s Way, longtime Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Morain charts how the daughter of two immigrants born in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players. He takes readers through Harris’s years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, explores her audacious embrace of the little-known Barack Obama, and shows the sharp elbows she deployed to make it to the US Senate. He analyses her failure as a presidential candidate and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to land the Vice President spot. And along the way, Morain paints a vivid picture of her family, values and priorities, as well as the missteps, risks and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top.

Kamala’s Way is a comprehensive account of the Vice President-Elect and her history-making career.     

Photograph © Hector Amezcua

Dan Morain has covered California policy, politics, and justice-related issues for more than four decades, including twenty-seven years at the Los Angeles Times and eight at The Sacramento Bee, where he was editorial page editor.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (January 12, 2021)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398504851