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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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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Hopes and Dreams
The Story of Barack Obama
, by Steve Dougherty



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Click here for 12 full quotes from Barack Obama in the book Hopes and Dreams, by Steve Dougherty.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This is a nice coffee-table book about Obama -- very appropriate for Obama fans who want to have something for house guests to look through. It is richly illustrated, and in a large format, so the pictures are splendid. It's light on text, which is why we have so few excerpts, and the text mostly deals with Obama's personal life.

Not a book for policy wonks! But there are other books about Obama for that purpose. And also not a book for Obama opponents who want to find some dirt -- it's way too supportive for that. And finally, not a book for supporters to discuss deep details of Obama's positions -- it's just for an introduction.

P.S. I wrote in the review of The Audacity of Hope a subtle basis for the title of that book. The author explains here how it comes from a sermon Obama once heard. So much for over-analysis.

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

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Drugs
    Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school.
Foreign Policy
    Protested South African apartheid while at college.
Principles & Values
    Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope.
    Assigned RFK’s Senate desk; invokes RFK regularly.
    Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush.
    Personal story is basis of political desire to unite.
    Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya.
    Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy.
    Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him.
    Source of his book title “Audacity of Hope” was a sermon.
War & Peace
    Iraq 2002: ill-conceived venture; 2007: waste of resources.
Welfare & Poverty
    Community organizer on Chicago’s South Side.


The above quotations are from Hopes and Dreams
The Story of Barack Obama
, by Steve Dougherty.

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