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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 Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America
by Jonathan Tasini

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Click here for 13 full quotes from Bernie Sanders in the book The Essential Bernie Sanders, by Jonathan Tasini.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Jonathan Tasini is a progressive writer with several progressive books under his belt; this book makes the progressive case for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

The format of the book presents a passage from a Bernie's speech, or a Senate press release, or a published interview (plus a few interviews of Bernie by the author of this book), and then provides some explanation about the passage. It's hard for us to criticize that format, since it's exactly the same as OnTheIssues.org uses, both in our books and on our website.

The key shortcoming of this book is that it is intentionally partisan: Tasini only presents one side of the argument. There is no "side-by-side comparison" like OnTheIssues does, and there are no debate excerpts either, where an opponent criticizes Bernie directly. That means it's ok as an introduction for supporters so they can understand Bernie's positions, but won't help those supporters defend Bernie's positions against critics. There are few critics in this book; you'll need to look at OnTheIssues to see those!

Furthermore, because this book only provides reasons for supporting Bernie, there is nothing about how Bernie's issues have "evolved" over time ("evolved" is the political modern term for "changed my mind"). Certainly, Bernie has "evolved" on far fewer issues than has Hillary, but Bernie DID evolve on gun rights. While in the House, Bernie was a gun control moderate, and (as Hillary points out in many debates) Bernie voted for several gun rights bills. Since the presidential campaign began, Bernie has toed the liberal line on strong gun control.

Bottom line: a great book for Bernie supporters; not a great book for anyone else.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, January 2016
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Remove Confederate flag from State Houses.
    Voter ID laws marginalize communities of color.
    Corporations do not have First Amendment rights.
    If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.
    Other countries recognize benefits of free college.
    Our kids will ask why we made planet less habitable.
Families & Children
    Real family values means paid family leave & sick time.
    Climate change lays groundwork for mass migration.
    Disgraceful to shunt our workers into the shadows.
    Since NAFTA, Mexican undocumented immigration up 185%.
    Unions are freedom of association; but gets you fired.
Social Security
    Chairman of the Defend Social Security Caucus.
Tax Reform
    Increase estate tax rates on inheritances over $3.5M.

The above quotations are from The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America
by Jonathan Tasini.

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