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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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Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward,
by Charlyne Berens



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Chuck Hagel is the Secretary of Defense, the highest ranking Republican in President Obama's Cabinet. Prior to Obama's presidency, Hagel was the Senior Senator from Nebraska, an office he was serving when this biography was written. The purpose of the book was to explore whether Hagel would run for the presidency in 2008; the author predicted he would.

Hagel did participate in an early presidential forum in 2007, and wrote an autobiography which seemed to be leading towards entering the race, but Hagel opted out. During the 2008 race, Hagel was considered for Vice President by Barack Obama and considered for Secretary of State by John McCain. Hagel ended up retiring from the Senate in 2009, then taking four years off from public life, until the Secretary of Defense appointment in 2013.

Hagel clearly has the ambition and desire to run for president in 2016 (he would be 70 years old, not likely to be even the oldest entrant in the race). And his experience in Obama's cabinet means he breaches the partisan divide that so overwhelms Congress today. Hence he is an interesting possibility, and certainly on "short lists" for vice president, too. This book is the only Hagel biography; it contrasts with his autobiography by including the scandals Hagel has been involved with (see pp. 61-3, e.g., where the FCC changed the rules of cellphone licensing after Hagel "gamed" them). A good read for those interested in Hagel as a candidate -- but otherwise pretty dated.

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

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 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Ban on partial birth abortion reflects will of majority.
Budget & Economy
    1999: Federal surplus mostly conjured by finessing numbers.
Civil Rights
    Marriage is sacred oath between a man & a woman.
Corporations
    1999: Ran Private Sector Council,linking feds with companies.
Education
    1996: No on Department of Education; yes on school choice.
Energy & Oil
    Kyoto Protocol would hurt US businesses & slow growth by 1%.
    Not convinced by science, but willing to work with allies.
Environment
    Farm bill helps large agribusiness, not farmers & ranchers.
Families & Children
    Father died when Chuck was a teen; Chuck raised his siblings.
Foreign Policy
    Turning our backs on internationalism is dead wrong.
    Consistently supports cooperation through NATO and the UN.
Free Trade
    Opposes unilateral trade sanctions against Cuba & Iran.
Government Reform
    Bloated federal bureaucracy should devolve to states.
    1998: Opposed severe controls on political donations.
Gun Control
    Banning guns doesn't fix underlying behavior problem.
Health Care
    Allow Medicare to cover some cost of prescription drugs.
Homeland Security
    1960s: Enlisted in army & volunteered for Vietnam.
    1980s: Appointed president of USO; streamlined its staff.
    1984: Oversaw distributing $180M for Agent Orange vets.
Immigration
    Tie work to legal residency; legalize after 5 years.
Principles & Values
    1979: Married wife Patsy; but divorced by 1982.
    Return our culture to values that made America great.
Social Security
    We need $35T to fix system before it collapses.
Tax Reform
    Pledge to never raise taxes is irresponsible.
Technology
    1980s: Gathered investors for early cellphone franchise.
    1970: One of the earliest political radio talk-show hosts.
    1980s: Made millions by parlaying cellphone licenses.
War & Peace
    Supported war in Vietnam, to stop Communism.
    By 2004, cringed at Vietnam as an abstraction to save face.
    We need to question Iraq because we didn't question Vietnam.


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The above quotations are from Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward,
by Charlyne Berens.

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