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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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Promises to Keep:
On Life and Politics
, by Joe Biden

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Biden fans should read this book. It is a classic political autobiography -- outlining Biden's career and personal background.

Biden focuses on what he considers his key achievements (which will likely be news to most voters!). Biden considers his lead accomplishment in his Senate career to be passage of the Violence Against Women Act in the 1990s. His other signal accomplishments include: successfully pushing Pres. Bill Clinton to bomb Serbia to free Kosovo; successfully urging Pres. Bush to return to Washington on 9/11; and successfully opposing the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.

Biden spends substantial ink in this book on the Iraq War, which he now describes as a "neocon fantasy." While Biden sounds legitimately against the war in Iraq now, his current analysis has some level of self-justification to it -- because he voted for the war in 2002. He justifies that vote now as a means for avoiding the war in Iraq, and blames the neoconservatives and Bush for going to war and for turning the war to negative results.

More than Biden informing the voters about his issue stances, this book informs voters about Biden's personal history. That personal history is likely even less known to voters than his issue stances -- and certainly makes Sen. Biden seem a more intriguing character to this analyst. Many people know Biden's history with plagiarism, from his 1988 presidential race -- he explains that as media over-hyping here. And those people more familiar with Senate history know that Biden's wife and daughter were killed in a car crash days after his election to the Senate in 1972. Clearly those two events were formative in Biden's current presidential race. But this book explores several other less-known formative events: from overcoming childhood stuttering; to his 1988 brain surgery.

Biden's book explores his lesser-known issue stances in some detail too, including their connection to his personal history. If every candidate wrote a book like this, the voters would be well-served.

-- Jesse Gordon, Oct. 2007

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Joe Biden: Allow women to choose, but no federal funding.
Civil Rights
    Joe Biden: 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races.
    Joe Biden: 1978: opposed busing except for govít-intended segregation.
    Joe Biden: Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals.
Families & Children
    Joe Biden: 1990: authored the Violence Against Women Act.
Government Reform
    Joe Biden: 1988: led fight against nomination of Robert Bork.
    Joe Biden: The greatest sin is abuse of power.
Homeland Security
    Joe Biden: Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism.
    Joe Biden: Urged Pres. Bush to return to Washington on 9/11.
Principles & Values
    Joe Biden: Childhood stuttering strengthened me.
    Joe Biden: 1970: won first election, to County Council, in GOP district.
    Joe Biden: 1972: beat GOP incumbent; 2nd youngest Senator ever elected.
    Joe Biden: 1972: Wife & child killed in pre-inauguration auto accident.
    Joe Biden: Politics is a noble calling.
    Joe Biden: Remarried in 1977, willing to give up Senate for Jill.
    Joe Biden: 1988: Presidential run intended as base-building for 1992.
    Joe Biden: 1988: plagiarized law school paper, but not malevolently.
    Joe Biden: 1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery.
War & Peace
    Joe Biden: 1995: pushed to lift arms embargo in Bosnia.
    Joe Biden: 1995: pushed Clinton to bomb Serbia to free Kosovo.
    Joe Biden: Bush invaded Iraq as the weakest of the Axis of Evil.
    Joe Biden: Voted for Iraq War resolution to avoid war in Iraq.
    Joe Biden: End neocon fantasy of remaking Iraq in our image.

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