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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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The Democrats:
Biographies of Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Booker

by Alexander Moore

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

    This book provides a mini-biography for each of 5 leading candidates in the Democratic primary. It's written as 5 mini-books about fifty pages each, with 5 separate tables of contents, then a brief life story of each of the 5 candidates, then a summary of 5 sets of issue stances.

    This book was published in July 2019, when there were over an additional dozen contenders in the Democratic primary. For example, the primary debate in July 2019 had twenty participants. And to be published in July, the book had to be written several months earlier, so the author chose his biographical subjects well. We're excerpting this book after the 2020 election, so we focus on Biden and Harris -- in fact, we excerpted this book BECAUSE it included Biden and Harris!

    Each mini-book opens with an epithet about the candidate:

    1. Joe Biden: Protector of the Democracy
    2. Bernie Sanders: America's Socialist Savior
    3. Elizabeth Warren: The Woman With a Plan
    4. Kamala Harris: A Biography
    5. Cory Booker: A Biography
    This book doesn't dive deeply into any candidate -- it's independently published and very poorly edited -- but the author has dug up enough little-known details so it's a decent introduction to each of the five candidates.

    -- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor, December 2020

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Cory Booker: 2012: as mayor, for two corporate HQs to move to Newark.
    Elizabeth Warren: 2012 OpEd: No greater threat to free enterprise than Warren.
    Elizabeth Warren: Too-big-for-trial.
    Joe Biden: 1984: Passed Comprehensive Crime Control Act.
    Kamala Harris: Sister, Maya, authored "Activist's Guide to Police Reform".
    Joe Biden: 2003 sponsorship: RAVE Act to fight date rape drug.
    Bernie Sanders: Rejected from Harvard in 1950s due to Jewish quota.
    Elizabeth Warren: Childhood career goal was teacher.
Government Reform
    Joe Biden: AdWatch 1972: Do you trust politicians? Let me change that.
    Joe Biden: 2007: We need a fair and workable immigration system.
    Kamala Harris: 2017: denounced Trump's refuges policy as "Muslim ban".
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: Three uncles perished in Holocaust in Poland in WWII.
    Bernie Sanders: Celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1954 in Brooklyn.
    Bernie Sanders: College member of Young People's Socialist League.
    Bernie Sanders: Ran for Governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976.
    Cory Booker: 1998: won first race for Newark City Council.
    Elizabeth Warren: 2017: silenced in Senate; "Nevertheless, she persisted".
    Kamala Harris: Stepchildren call her "Momala" instead of "stepmother".
Social Security
    Bernie Sanders: 2013: Expand benefits and create $2.8 trillion surplus.
    Bernie Sanders: 2000: Fought IBM pension cuts; workers regained $320M.
Tax Reform
    Robert Reich: Expand EITC & raise bottom of SSI tax, as tax cut to poor.
    Bernie Sanders: 2000s: Voted NO on Online Freedom of Speech Act.
War & Peace
    Joe Biden: 1990s: Support Bosnian Muslims with NATO air strikes.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bernie Sanders: 1963: College volunteer at Israeli kibbutz.
    Cory Booker: 2012: Increased affordable housing by 2,500 units.

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Biographies of Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Booker

by Alexander Moore.

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