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This audiobook contains beautiful memories of Representative Elijah Cummings narrated by Laurence Fishburne and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, with a foreword written and read by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Included are the eulogies from his funeral delivered by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Harry Spikes, Kweisi Mfume, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Jennifer Cummings, Adia Cummings, and James Cummings.

Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings was known for saying “We’re better than this.”

He said it in Baltimore, a city on the verge of explosion over police treatment of citizens. He said it in Congress when microphones were shut down, barring free speech. He said it when the President flaunted his power and ignored the Constitution. He said it when the President resorted to bullying, name-calling, and feeding racial divisions. We are better than this. He continued to say it until his final days last October. He said it because he believed we must call out what is wrong and call on our better selves to make things right.

In We’re Better Than This, Cummings details the formative moments in his life that prepared him to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his actions while in office. Cummings powerfully weaves together the urgent drama of modern-day politics and the defining stories from his past. He offers a unique perspective on how his upbringing as the son of sharecroppers in a South Baltimore neighborhood, rampant with racism and poverty, laid the foundation of a life spent fighting for justice.

Cummings was known for his ability to referee contentious members of Congress and reach across the aisle for the sake of justice. Since his early days in politics, Cummings proved his abilities as a leader and legal mind who could operate at the highest levels of democracy, always working with - and for - the underserved.

Part memoir, part call to action, the book goes behind the scenes with the House Democratic leadership, offering an eye-opening account of the relentless and unprecedented obstructionism by both the President and GOP. Cummings’ final words present a vital defense of how government oversight defines our collective trust and makes the case that, even in the face of our nation’s most challenging times, we must remain rooted in the politics of optimism. 

©2020 Elijah Cummings (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jane
  • 29-09-2020

Incredible❗️

Elijah Cummings was such an amazing man, husband, father, friend, Congressman, and believer in what the United States should be! Listening to the speakers at his funeral was beyond belief❗️

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  • Sam J
  • 28-11-2020

The book that carried me through 2020!

Elijah is a prophet in his own right and Lawrence Fishburne masterfully narrates his message. In the darkest days of 2020, this book reminded me of what we could be and what we truly are as a nation of people. It’s a tragic and beautiful tale that ultimately leads the reader to hope and a renewed strength.

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  • Connoisseur of Quality
  • 09-11-2020

Read this book!

I loved the story of Elijah Cummings' life of service and dedication to the service of our nation. His is a story of struggle, difficulty and pain. Yet his spirit and desire to be the change we need forced him to continue the good fight in spite of staggering odds. Because of Elijah's perseverance we are better and have the potential to be "Better Than This!"

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  • grock
  • 14-10-2020

I could feel and hear the Congressman’s voice.

Great book. I felt Elijah was telling me the story in my living room. I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the surprise at the end.

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  • T. Rose
  • 08-10-2020

A wonderful story of an American hero!

This book is a great read and is so inspirational. I will read and listen to it more in the future so I can be better and honor Elijah's memory.

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  • Mark
  • 07-10-2020

Worth it for the Eulogies Alone

wonderful insight into an important American whose influence I hope will impact us for generations to come. verbose, particularly early on. Laurence Fishburne will make you think you are listening to Elijah himself by the end. eulogies are worth the read alone

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  • Sandra Bell
  • 04-10-2020

Wish I knew this man!

Amazing man and story both by Elijah and those who eulogized him. We need more people like him. Uplifting book!

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