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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Dealing Death and Drugs
The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan

by Beto O'Rourke

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    from Dealing Death and Drugs (number of quotes indicated):
  • Beto O`Rourke (12) Texas Democratic candidate for Governor; U.S. Rep
  • Janet Napolitano (1) Cabinet-2013
  • Mike Bloomberg (1) New York Mayor of NYC
  • Richard Nixon (3)
  • Silvestre Reyes (2) Democrat U.S. Rep Texas-16
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

We're interpreting this book as Beto's campaign book, but it's not. It was written in 2011 and documents Beto's learning process about the drug trade (we think). In 2011, Beto was on the El Paso City Council, having already served as mayor, and was preparing a run for Congress. In other words, Beto wrote this book (with a ghostwriter) to become an expert at an important national issue.

It's a small book (only 111 pages, and in "pocket size" format) but covers all aspects of the drug war the economics (p. 36 for marijuana and p. 66 for cocaine); the criminal aspects (p. 78); the moral aspects (p. 91); the historical aspects (p. 63); the analogy to alcohol prohibition (p. 73ff); and the prospects for legalization (p. 92). Here's Beto's explanation of marijuana pricing (p. 38):

Farm Price in in Golden Triangle: $23-$36 / lb
-- +Freight costs to Juarez: $14-$23 / lb
Wholesale value in Juarez: $73-$91 / lb
-- +Freight costs to cross border: $40-$60 / lb
Wholesale value in El Paso: $240-$260 / lb
-- +Freight costs to Chicago: $75-$100 / lb
Wholesale value in Chicago: $550-$700 / lb
(El Paso is on the Texas side of the border, directly across from Juarez, Mexico). There are lots of charts and graphs like that one. How one researches an illegal market with that level of detail seems challenging even with the wide range of values, but the book comes with a dozen pages of endnotes if one is interested.

Bottom line: Beto believes in drug legalization, starting with marijuana and moving on to other drugs. This book, despite its brevity, seems unnecessarily long to say just that. Beto did so because he wanted the "expert" label, on a topic that was relevant to his border district. If you're looking for a book that establishes Beto as a policy expert on one topic, this book fits the bill (and he has no other books on Amazon yet, so this is all you can get, besides "unauthorized biographies"). But if you want a book that talks about Beto's background, or his policy stances in his presidential run, this ain't it.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Richard Nixon: 1970s: Spike in crime followed initiation of War on Drugs.
    Beto O`Rourke: 2008 crackdown cost 1,623 lives in Juarez.
    Beto O`Rourke: 2008: National debate on ending the prohibition of narcotics.
    Beto O`Rourke: Low price of pot means low crime rate.
    Beto O`Rourke: Mexico estimates US pot market at $3B; US says $14B.
    Beto O`Rourke: War on Drugs expanded from $371M in 1971 to $48,700M today.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supply-side enforcement should raise drug prices, but fails.
    Beto O`Rourke: Enforcement efforts make illegal drugs profitable & deadly.
    Beto O`Rourke: 2009: US arrested 758,000 adult citizens for pot possession.
    Beto O`Rourke: Regulating drug market would bring in billions of revenue.
    Beto O`Rourke: Legalization closes "gateway" effect of marijuana.
    Janet Napolitano: Operation Stonegarden: $75M to break up Mexican drug cartels.
    Mike Bloomberg: You bet I smoked pot, and I enjoyed it; but.
    Richard Nixon: 1971: start War on Drugs via Special Action Office.
    Richard Nixon: Marijuana users experiment with other drugs.
    Silvestre Reyes: 2008: Withhold stimulus funds for cities legalizing drugs.
    Silvestre Reyes: $1.4B to break up Mexican drug cartels; $75M for "spillover".
Free Trade
    Beto O`Rourke: $70B in legal trade passes through El Paso to Mexico.
Principles & Values
    Beto O`Rourke: Represents El Paso, world's largest binational community.

The above quotations are from Dealing Death and Drugs
The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan

by Beto O'Rourke

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