Praise for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro:
"Readers who want to know how the winds might shift in Washington could do worse than to learn how DeLauro understands politics."
" The Least Among Us is a valuable asset for anyone interested in the growing resistance to Trump. An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizen."
" The Least Among Us is impossible to stop reading once you’ve begun. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s life is filled with generosity, dedication, and most of all vitality for everyone!"
Lilly Ledbetter, fair pay activist
"Rosa is willing to speak truth to power and just get things done. Whether I was Secretary of Labor or fighting the Trans Pacific Partnership, she was the one pushing the hardest for an economy with more middle-class jobs—and she’s that rare leader who won’t accept losing."
"Rosa’s book rings to me like the political analog of what Peter, Paul, and Mary aspired to achieve for us in activist/musical terms. We sought to inspire a thirst for justice and fairness in our songs, but Rosa’s tenacious advocacy translates these values into action. Read this book and restore your faith in the woolly world of politics. For those like Rosa, principle, love of justice, and humility remain uncorrupted, even if the ‘F’ word is unceremoniously dropped from time to time."
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary
" The Least Among Us brings center-stage Rosa DeLauro’s strong, intellectual understanding of the issues with a visceral commitment to protect those who most need our help. This book provides an important look back on the fights we have won and lost and a roadmap forward to achieve this most noble and necessary pursuit."
Former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd
"Can you imagine how cool the world would be if we had Rosa DeLauro getting s*** done instead of Congress being held hostage by terrible people!"
"Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is a one-woman truth squad when it comes to calling out the falsehoods and cruelties of current right-wing efforts to slash Social Security, health insurance, and other safety net programs for America’s middle-class and poor families. Her vividly narrated book weaves together policy ideas and personal stories, her own and others, to highlight the high stakes in current battles and point to a better future, where our democracy boosts opportunity and security for all."
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
"Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has been at the pinnacle of national power for a quarter century, and yet she’s never forgotten where she came from. From her childhood in a working-class immigrant neighborhood, to her fight for recognition in a male-dominated political world, to her commitment to restoring the American Dream that she herself was lucky enough to experience, Rosa tells a story as personal as it is universal, as timely as it is timeless. Read this memoir-manifesto and come away inspired."
Jacob S. Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University
" The Least Among Us is a captivating read, part passion for justice, part primer on politics and just a great story about federal politics and politicians over the last 30 years. It should be required reading for all who wonder what hard working politicians do and why does federal legislation matter. If you care about our nation in these turbulent times, read The Least Among Us and engage in our political process. We need more people with Rosa DeLauro’s passion for justice."
Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS Executive Director, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
"Hubert Humphrey famously said, “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” By that standard, Rosa DeLauro passes with flying colors. In Congress, she has fought tirelessly, passionately and courageously for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. In this compelling book, she both records the battles from the inside, and offers a comprehensive blueprint for the future."
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute
What is the purpose of government? As longtime Connecticut congresswoman DeLauro answers quite simply, the purpose is to use legislative power to protect, aid, and fight for the country's most vulnerable and at-risk citizens.This belief, argues the author, embodies the spirit of the Democratic Party since the Great Society initiatives of President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s, and it opposes that of her Republican colleagues in Congress, who consistently attack the concept of a social safety net as a wasteful use of tax dollars and an infringement upon rights. As a senior leader among congressional Democrats, DeLauro sits on numerous influential groups, including the Steering and Policy Committee and the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. In her years in these positions, she has witnessed firsthand Republican attempts to dismantle many of the progressive legislative acts that have defined recent American domestic policy, including the "Gingrich Revolution" during the 1990s. The fights to protect these initiatives, and to draft new ones, are reinforced in DeLauro's chapters "In Defense of the Hungry," "In Defense of People Who Get Sick," etc., in which she outlines her arguments for protecting these groups. The timing couldn't be better for the author. Though his presidency is still in the early stages, Donald Trump has already proven a worthy foe to the values DeLauro holds dear, and she references the president and his policies throughout. However, the author is not merely a reactionary. For more than three decades, she has maintained a consistent dedication to the principles she espouses in her book. Her primary sparring partner is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to whom DeLauro devotes an entire chapter, exposing his "assault on the poor" as a baseless attack. Following the contentious 2016 election, the author's political vision neatly continues the conversation started by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and it is a valuable asset for anyone interested in the growing resistance to Trump. An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizens.