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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 Revolution: A Manifesto,
by Ron Paul



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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book is as close as Ron Paul's 2008 campaign gets to a campaign book. It was published in April 2008, amid Ron Paul's presidential primary campaign, and the title refers to the "Ron Paul Revolution" using the term that his supporters coined.

This book outlines Rep. Paul's general stances on the issues, both political and policy. Paul's policies are more libertarian than conservative -- he opposes all government intervention, including the Iraq War. Paul clarifies here how he's often anti-Republican -- bashing the GOP "Contract with America" as well as Bush's signing statements. But he is a Republican -- pro-life and anti-foreign aid.

The title term "Revolution" refers to the grassroots campaign's self-described "Ron Paul Revolution." Their most substantive claim to a revolution is in how Paul's grassroots supporters -- independent of the formal campaign -- organized a pair of fundraising events in late 2007 that set fundraising records. The first event, on Nov. 5, a historic date known as Guy Fawkes Day, raised $4.2 million; the second event, on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, broke that record again.

The events were organized primarily on the internet, and while the campaign was aware of the "money bombs," the campaign itself did not organize the events. Howard Dean supporters will recognize that the techniques they pioneered in 2004 were used to great effect by Ron Paul supporters. While the Deanies in 2004 had to contend with defining FEC 527 laws and independent grassroots fundraising, the Paulistas in 2008 knew all the rules in advance. Both campaigns will presumably be used as models for future grassroots fundraising.

Paul has several more detailed books for those interested in a deeper dive into libertarian policy. The three that we've excerpted are Paul's book on foreign policy, A Foreign Policy of Freedom; on economics, Gold, Peace, and Prosperity; and on Constitutional issues, Freedom Under Siege. Those three books were written well before the presidential campaign, but have been more recently updated in some parts.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, November 2008
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Abortion is murder.
    Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution.
Budget & Economy
    Wasteful government spending backed by both parties.
Education
    School prayer is not a federal issue.
    Private funds for arts work better than government funds.
Free Trade
    Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty.
Government Reform
    The “living Constitution” is the death of democracy.
Health Care
    Replace Medicaid with volunteer pro-bono medical care.
    Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling.
Homeland Security
    Conscription is unconstitutional--including National Service.
Principles & Values
    Contract with America was a toothless cop out.
    11/5/07: Set fundraising record of $4 million in single day.
War & Peace
    Terrorism is just like any other murder: you look for motive.
    War in Iraq was senseless invasion of sovereign state.
    Mandate declaration of war before military aggression.


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