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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)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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A Governor`s Story
The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future,

by Jennifer Granholm

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Jennifer Granholm, the Governor of Michigan during the Great Recession, expresses eternal optimism in this book. Of course, anyone serving as Governor of Michigan during the Great Recession better express eternal optimism, or they'd go crazy. Granholm frames the book with a opening chart "7 months of free fall" (events of the Great Recession) and a closing chart of "11 months of hope" (her policy responses to the Great Recession). The key events of the "7 months of free fall" were the bankruptcies of Chrysler and GM, the largest bankruptcies in US history, and Granholm's constituents took the brunt of the unemployment hit from those massive restructurings.

But Granholm goes overboard on the optimism--and her critics and opponents are all just pessimists and naysayers. That sort of one-sided optimism is why unauthorized biographies are superior to autobiographies--because the journalist author has the opportunity to present both sides, rather than a politically-motivated one-sidedness like Granholm's book.

This autobiography only shows the GOOD news--that "11 months of hope" chart implies that everything will be OK once her policies take full effect. But that did not prove to be the case--she left office in January 2011, and the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy in July 2013, only 18 months later, with her policies still mostly in force. A more realistic assessment would have felt less like brainwashing.

Jennifer Granholm is considered a Rising Star in the Democratic Party. Her one shortcoming is that she was born in Canada, and hence is ineligible for the presidency or vice presidency. If not for that inconvenient Constitutional restriction, Granholm would be on every pundit's "short list." In fact, Granholm makes some pundits' "short list" anyway--in conjunction with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was considered a Rising Star in the Republican Party with the same inconvenient Constitutional restriction of having been born abroad. The pundits' idea is that a Constitutional amendment would change that restriction, and it would pass quickly with bipartisan support because of the bipartisan appeal of the Schwarzenegger-Granholm pairing. It will be left to be seen if Schwarzenegger can recuperate from his recent scandals to reignite that debate by 2016 or even by 2020.

-- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor-in-chief, December 2013

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