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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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A Foreign Policy of Freedom
Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship
, by Ron Paul

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Click here for 26 full quotes from Ron Paul in the book A Foreign Policy of Freedom, by Ron Paul.
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book outlines Ron Paul's foreign policy by re-publishing his key speeches that he made on the floor of the House of Representatives. Paul provides brief commentary on some of the speeches, and he highlights the key concepts, but more valuable is his overall summary of "A Foreign Policy for a Constitutional Republic" as the last chapter (pages 361-371). House speeches are pretty dull even to the policy wonks at OnTheIssues. But this collection is made even duller by its repetitiveness -- because the book only focuses on foreign policy, just about every speech in 2002, for example, is about the lead-up to the Iraq War. When Rep. Paul made these speeches, a month apart from each other, it made sense to repeat the same concepts over again. But in book form, it would be more readable if Rep. Paul selected excerpts instead of printing every speech verbatim from beginning to end. Happily for our readers, we do the excerpting here.

Despite the dullness of this book, it is important because it documents Rep. Paul's position on the Iraq War, from before the war started (when he opposed it), until majority public opinion switched from supporting the war (when Paul still opposed it). The Iraq War is the biggest issue of this presidential campaign, and Paul is the only Republican who's against the war -- so providing this material in detail is certainly relevant to his campaign.

One could view the earlier 150 pages of the book -- spanning the period from 1976 to 2001 -- as documentation that Rep. Paul is consistent in applying his principles of foreign policy to other wars. We'll confirm that he does -- there, now you don't have to read those 150 pages. We fail to see how Rep. Paul's views on Kosovo are relevant to this presidential race, so we omitted them from our excerpts.

The "Paulistas," or Ron Paul fans who heavily populate the Internet, might be the only audience who enjoy this book, although it says little that has not been said on the campaign trail. Paulistas might prefer Paul's other books, which are not only shorter, but are actually written as books instead of a collection of speeches. The two that we've excerpted are Paul's book on economics, Gold, Peace, and Prosperity, and on Constitutional issues, Freedom Under Siege.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, December 2007

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Maintaining American empire diminishes dollar.
    Fiat money causes economic & political imbalances.
    Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad.
Foreign Policy
    Neutrality on Israel-Palestine; start by defunding both.
    UN membership leads to impractical military conflicts.
    Avoid double standard--follow international law.
    Interventionism perpetuated by politicianís false patriotism.
    No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars.
Government Reform
    Conservatives support big government war policies.
Homeland Security
    Explore reasons behind terrorist attacks on US.
    Conscription is forced servitude--no draft for illegal wars.
    Costs of war always higher than expected & go on for decades.
    We canít fight for freedom if we impose Patriot Act.
    Governments orchestrate fear to throw their weight around.
    Pre-emptive war policy is a grave mistake.
Principles & Values
    Neocons believe in secrecy, deceit, & imperialism.
    Militarizing outer space impoverishes America.
War & Peace
    2002: No evidence of Iraqi nukes nor al Qaeda ties.
    Congress is abdicating its responsibility to declare war.
    We believe Osamaís threats, so why not believe his reasons?
    1991 Gulf War was a UN war, not a US war.
    Same false arguments for invading Iraq now applied to Iran.
    Iran not in violation of NPT--so talk without preconditions.
    Terrorists attack us for our actions abroad, not our freedom.
    US has fought 70 engagements since 1945.
    Limit wars debunking glorification of war.

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Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship
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