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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
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
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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)

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A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford


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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

This is Gerald Ford's presidential memoir and autobiography. President Ford is the least appreciated of all our modern presidents -- this book demonstrates that he really was a decent man, placed by no choice of his own into exceedingly challenging circumstances. His re-election campaign, in 1976, had zero chance of succeeding because he was a Republican running in the first post-Watergate election.

Ford didn't do anything hugely memorable during his presidency -- which is why the title is "A Time To Heal", because he viewed his presidency as the period of post-Watergate and post-Vietnam healing. The two seminal events of his presidency revolve around those two issues -- pardoning Nixon and the fall of Saigon. They both ended dark moments in American history -- our first presidential resignation and our first military loss -- and Ford got the country through both.

History should treat Ford better than the dismissal our current generation offers him. This book will someday be the centerpiece of a new understanding of his importance in getting through a period of crisis in American history -- and recognizing his role in doing so at the time of his actions, including a recognition at the time that he would not be respected until some future generation.

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

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Gerald Ford: Balance government & individual; cut government growth to 5%.
    Gerald Ford: Ford to New York City: Drop Dead.
    Gerald Ford: Federal "vision" means big spending.
    Gerald Ford: Long-term recovery at the cost of short-term suffering.
    Gerald Ford: Moratorium on federal spending, to fight recession.
    Gerald Ford: Whip Inflation Now: voluntary participation in WIN campaign.
    Gerald Ford: Fight economic crises by projecting a steady hand.
Civil Rights
    Gerald Ford: Would choose woman V.P. if he could do it over.
    Gerald Ford: Endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment.
Crime
    Gerald Ford: More mandatory sentencing; more focus on victims.
Drugs
    Gerald Ford: Mandatory sentencing for federal drug offenders.
Energy & Oil
    Gerald Ford: No gas tax increase to solve energy crisis.
    Gerald Ford: Higher taxes on oil to reduce imports.
Environment
    Gerald Ford: Vetoed coal-mining reductions: jobs trump environment.
Foreign Policy
    Gerald Ford: Eastern Europeans don't concede Soviet domination.
    Gerald Ford: Soviets dominate economy in Poland but not Polish spirit.
    Gerald Ford: Disagreed on linking Soviet MFN with Jewish emigration.
    Gerald Ford: Note human rights when sending US troops to South Korea.
    Gerald Ford: Quiet diplomacy best for issues like Soviet Jewish emigres.
Free Trade
    Gerald Ford: Suspended then reinstated grain sales to Soviets.
    Gerald Ford: Vetoed US-flagged oil tanker rules as too protectionist.
    Gerald Ford: Proponent of free trade, even with Japanese export pressure.
Government Reform
    Gerald Ford: Untangle the petty tyranny of massive government regulation.
    Gerald Ford: More local initiative; even if not "visionary".
    Gerald Ford: Congress is too fragmented & too involved in foreign policy.
Gun Control
    Gerald Ford: Ban Saturday Night Specials, but no regulations nor licenses.
Homeland Security
    Gerald Ford: 1976 themes: limited government; strong defense.
    Gerald Ford: Negotiated SALT-II missile limits with USSR.
    Gerald Ford: Two years alternative service for Vietnam draft dodgers.
    Gerald Ford: Real spending on defense decreased during Vietnam.
    Gerald Ford: Warren Commission: no conspiracy on JFK killing.
Jobs
    Gerald Ford: Remove farm acreage limitations, to keep inflation down.
    Gerald Ford: Dems prefer to fight unemployment; GOP fight inflation.
Principles & Values
    Jimmy Carter: Lusted in his heart & feels forgiven by God.
    Richard Nixon: Nixon's opponents wanted revenge; Ford sought healing.
    Gerald Ford: Pardoning Nixon let America's healing begin.
    Gerald Ford: Rules for Congress: communication, conciliation, compromise.
    Richard Nixon: Resigned on grounds that his Congressional base disappeared.
    Gerald Ford: Nixon brought his troubles upon himself.
    Gerald Ford: Chosen by Nixon as safe choice for V.P.
    Gerald Ford: Economic conservative; social moderate; foreign liberal.
Social Security
    Gerald Ford: Absurd to risk federal money in stock market.
    Ronald Reagan: Portion of Social Security funds could be invested.
    Gerald Ford: Entitlements make federal role into redistribution of income.
Tax Reform
    Gerald Ford: Permanent tax cuts accompanies by spending cuts.
    Gerald Ford: Raised taxes to fight inflation.
War & Peace
    Gerald Ford: Vietnam evacuation postponed to avoid damage to Vietnamese.
    Gerald Ford: Quid pro quo: arms to Israel for peace process flexibility.
    Gerald Ford: Supported Vietnam War, to contain Communist aggression.
    Gerald Ford: Vietnam War could have been won in the 1960s.
    Gerald Ford: Supported arms to Cyprus Turks to promote peace with Greeks.
    Gerald Ford: Offered "earned amnesty" to Vietnam draft dodgers.
    Richard Nixon: Took hard line against Vietnam draft dodgers.
    Gerald Ford: Israel negotiations require flexible toughness, but not USSR.
Welfare & Poverty
    Gerald Ford: Replaced categorical housing grants with block grants.


The above quotations are from A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford.
     

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