The only immigrant in the U.S. Senate traces her life from Japan to her upbringing in Hawaii, where her single mother worked two jobs to keep the family afloat, to her emergence as a lawmaker and dogged public servant.
Heart of Fire tells the powerful story of an immigrant family and how they held together through poverty; xenophobia; and abuse as they pursued American ideals of equality, justice, and freedom. It is one of the most inspiring and authentic political memoirs among a sea of self-aggrandizing political titles of recent years. Hirono also bring journalistic objectivity about the obstacles she overcame regarding the misogyny and condescending culture in the male dominated halls of Congress ... Hirono is very candid about the serious relationships in her life and about her personal faults that contributed to breakups ... a beacon of hope that integrity and truth is in the capital in this cynical and perilous time.
Hirono has written one of the finest political memoirs in the history of the genre ... One of the book's greatest strengths is the author's ability to consistently connect the experiences of her formative years with her political drive and perspective. The book also embraces the setting of ... readers will find that her voice is as strong in her memoir as it was on the Senate floor ... Hirono offers an astoundingly compelling glance into U.S. politics, and also provides an honest look at how much grit it takes for people from less privileged backgrounds to make it in American politics and make a difference in their community. A must-read that demands a broad audience.
Hirono is fierce and forthright as she shares the life experiences that led to her becoming a U.S. senator from Hawaii ... Her unsentimental yet transparent sharing of her personal history makes this memoir a gripping read. While Hirono’s ideological evolution over the various stages of her political life is fascinating, her grit and determination make this a motivating story even for those who are not ordinarily interested in politics. Recent events in Washington, DC, and Hirono’s part in them make this a very timely reminder of the varied and significant backgrounds guiding our nation’s lawmakers.