Book Review From Compton to Congress by Walter Tucker III

Title: From Compton to Congress: His Grace for my Race

Author: Walter Tucker III

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Let me start by saying that I was deeply moved by Walter R. Tucker III’s story, in From Compton to Congress. The odds are against him as he pursues his dreams: first of becoming valedictorian in his high school, then graduating USC, then Law School, passing the bar, and eventually becoming mayor of Compton, the town he grew up. As he rises lightning-bolt fast in the political arena, he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to an US congressional seat by the age of 35.

However, his dreams are shattered when a federal indictment is launched against him. Tucker decides to fight back, and the charges are brought to trial…which might be Walter R. Tucker’s most difficult battle yet.

It was inspiring to read how, even early on in his life, Tucker always fought on, no matter how tough the struggles, no matter how immense the challenges, and how he held on to that fighting spirit despite everything. The book brings to light some of the darker sides of politics, and of the criminal justice system.

This book was a thrilling, inspiring rollercoaster ride that made me feel very sympathetic toward Walter R. Tucker III and his family. An outstanding, intriguing read.

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