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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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The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw


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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

This book has become a classic--its title coined a new term in the American lexicon--but it has become a classic in the manner of many classics that nobody actually reads. So we read it. Everybody knows the theme of this book: Our parents and grandparents saw us through the Great Depression and WWII by sacrificing to build the future for us. But few people know the structure of this book: Brokaw tells the story of dozens of members of the "greatest generation", some just regular people, some who became famous later. We outline just five of those stories: the five politicians who on our website (two Democrats and three Republicans, although the famously anti-war Sen. Hatfield might prefer to be a Democrat today. Hence Brokaw is, as always, balanced). You can read them and get a taste for a book that is probably on your coffee-table or bookshelf anyway.

-- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor-in-chief, May 2012

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Mark Hatfield: Pro-life; raised in a strongly religious family.
Budget & Economy
    Mark Hatfield: Cast vote to defeat Balanced Budget Amendment.
Civil Rights
    Bob Dole: Disabled is a group no one joins by choice.
    Daniel Inouye: Faced anti-Japanese discrimination after WWII.
    Daniel Inouye: Sponsored Japanese internment reparations.
    Norman Mineta: Proposed reparations for Japanese WWII internment.
Crime
    Mark Hatfield: Against death penalty; split from GOP on litmus test.
Energy & Oil
    Mark Hatfield: Nuclear power is our greatest environmental problem.
Government Reform
    Daniel Inouye: No limit on pain & suffering in lawsuits.
Gun Control
    Mark Hatfield: For gun control; split from GOP on litmus test.
Homeland Security
    Bob Dole: 1990s: Led campaign for WWII memorial.
    George Bush Sr.: Army service is an honor; vets shouldn't ask for more.
    Mark Hatfield: Unshakable anti-nuke philosophy, in war and in energy.
Principles & Values
    Bob Dole: Injured in Italy in WWII; suffered 3-year recovery.
    Bob Dole: 1996 V.P. debate: "Stop lying about my record".
    Daniel Inouye: Enlisted in Army after designation as "enemy alien".
    Daniel Inouye: Wounded in Italy in WWII; lost an arm.
    Daniel Inouye: First Japanese in Congress; first Hawaii Representative.
    George Bush Sr.: Volunteered as Navy flier; shot down over Pacific.
    Mark Hatfield: Witnessed battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
    Norman Mineta: Forced internment by US government during WWII.
    Norman Mineta: First Japanese big city mayor; in Congress' Watergate class.
War & Peace
    Mark Hatfield: Against Vietnam war; Grenada war; and Kuwait war.
    Mark Hatfield: 1945: Witnessed aftermath of Hiroshima, and became anti-nuke.
    Mark Hatfield: Opposed Gulf War as just for oil.


The above quotations are from The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw.

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