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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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An American Son: A Memoir
by Senator Marco Rubio



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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

This book is Marco Rubio's autobiography. It covers the basics: The first half is his life story, including his family history of emigration from Cuba. The second half is all about the horserace in Rubio's Senate race against Gov. Charlie Crist.

Normally we don't like "horserace" books, but that's when they're written by pundits. When they're written by the candidate, they are truly insightful. Normally we don't like family history either, unless the other family members are elected officials too, which Rubio's are not. But Rubio's family history is tied in with his political appeal, so that works too.

In summary, there's not a lot of policy material here. But Rubio's previous book, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, covers Rubio's policy ideas in great detail. Rubio does give his side of all of the scandals that Gov. Crist and other opponents have thrown at him; an unauthorized biography, The Rise of Marco Rubio, gives the other side's perspective. Reading all three gives a balanced perspective about policy and personality. If Rubio gets the vice presidential nod from Gov. Romney, all three will instantly become mandatory reading.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, July 2012
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Corporations
    Marco Rubio: Accused of rigging bidding process for Turnpike concessions.
Drugs
    Marco Rubio: 1987: Brother-in-law imprisoned for drug conviction.
Education
    Marco Rubio: Became serious college student after football injury.
Energy & Oil
    Charlie Crist: Instituted state cap-and-trade by Executive Order.
    Marco Rubio: I dislike cap-&-trade, but it is inevitable as national law.
Environment
    Charlie Crist: Let state-run insurance carrier compete in private market.
    Marco Rubio: State-run insurance carriers mean more taxpayer subsidies.
Families & Children
    Marco Rubio: Elian Gonzalez should stay in US & father should join him.
    Marco Rubio: Even single mothers see their hopes & dreams in firstborn.
    Marco Rubio: Improve state-provided services for kids with disabilities.
Foreign Policy
    Marco Rubio: Che Guevara reviled by Cuban exiles; I want no association.
Government Reform
    Marco Rubio: Accused of using campaign funds for personal expenses.
Immigration
    Marco Rubio: Leave immigration to feds; 50 sets of laws is worse.
    Marco Rubio: English is de facto official language; let's recognize that.
Jobs
    Marco Rubio: 1984: Enthusiastic union activist during dad's strike.
Principles & Values
    Al Gore: OpEd: Elian Gonzalez lost Florida for Gore & hence election.
    Barack Obama: OpEd: Offered a third way; but hid left-of-center agenda.
    Charlie Crist: New kind of Republican: reasonable moderate leader.
    Charlie Crist: 2009: Ran for Senate after expected unopposed run for Gov.
    Charlie Crist: 2009: Embraced Obama publicly, to promote stimulus bill.
    Charlie Crist: OpEd: Ran as independent because of polls, not principles.
    Kendrick Meek: Participated in 3-way debates with Gov. Crist and Sen. Rubio.
    Marco Rubio: Family moved to Las Vegas to avoid Miami crime.
    Marco Rubio: 1979: Born Catholic; but baptized as Mormon in NV.
    Marco Rubio: 1980s: Studied Mormonism as child; church member for 3 years.
    Marco Rubio: 1996: Surrogate for Bob Dole in Spanish radio debate.
    Marco Rubio: I am the heir to two generations of unfulfilled dreams.
    Marco Rubio: Married to Jeanette in 1998; four kids since.
    Marco Rubio: Prayed for guidance & got job that allowed Legislature too.
    Marco Rubio: Goal as Speaker: House is vibrant laboratory of policy ideas.
    Marco Rubio: Children baptized Catholic; but attend Christ Fellowship.
    Marco Rubio: Accused of spending $160,000 on GOP party credit card.
    Marco Rubio: We cannot keep God out of our lives, even in public realm.
    Marco Rubio: 2009: Considered running for Governor instead of Senate.
    Marco Rubio: Primary strategy based on FL rule that only GOP could vote.
    Marco Rubio: 2009 campaign: proxy fight against moderates for soul of GOP.
    Marco Rubio: Strategized in 3-way race to split Dem. & independent vote.
    Marco Rubio: Ignore political press' hyped controversy; stick to message.
    Marco Rubio: I've had hecklers in audience, but never on debate stage.
    Marco Rubio: Rules of Senate push for bipartisanship, and so do Americans.
Social Security
    Marco Rubio: Benefits have to be less generous to save Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Charlie Crist: Double homestead exemption to $50K & taxes drop like a rock.
    Marco Rubio: Replace property taxes with a consumption tax.
    Marco Rubio: OpEd: Proposed consumption tax called "largest tax increase".
Technology
    Tea Party: Social media allows organizing opposition without Party.


The above quotations are from An American Son: A Memoir
by Senator Marco Rubio.
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