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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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The Revolution: A Manifesto,
by Ron Paul

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Click here for 15 full quotes from Ron Paul in the book 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 is murder.
    Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution.
Budget & Economy
    Wasteful government spending backed by both parties.
    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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