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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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SymbolReview recommendation
Required reading for all who proudly wear the title "citizen"
A definitive source of information on the subject
A solid book that explains politics and policy
Mixed value: Some political posturing, but some real content
Political posturing in book form: Just more of the usual
A book intended to mislead or brainwash the public
An example of why we should mistrust politicians and/or the mainstream media
Review Rating Book Review Date Click for full review and book excerpts Publication Date Book's Subject Politician
Oct. 2010 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, by Marco Rubio 1-Nov-06 Marco Rubio
Sept. 30, 2008 Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, civic activist from Wasilla AK, by Anne Kilkenny Sept. 30, 2008 Sarah Palin
August 2011 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want To Read, by Jesse Ventura 4-Apr-11 Jesse Ventura
July 2012 The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House, by Bob Woodward 1-Nov-05 Bill Clinton
October 2010 American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura 8-Mar-10 Jesse Ventura
July 2012 An American Son: A Memoir, by Marco Rubio 19-Jun-12 Marco Rubio
Jan. 2008 America's Mayor, America's President?, by Robert Polner 5/10/2007(Revised Edition) Rudy Giuliani
December 2010 America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, by Sarah Palin 23-Nov-10 Sarah Palin
Jan. 2012 The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump 1-Jan-00 Donald Trump
5/1/2007 and Jan. 2009 The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore 22-May-07 Al Gore
May 2007 The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, by Barack Obama 17-Oct-06 Barack Obama
December 2008 And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since, by Charles Rangel with Leon Wynter 5-Aug-08 Charles Rangel
December 2010 The Battle for America 2008, by Dan Balz & Haynes Johnson 4-Aug-09 Hillary Clinton
May-2007 edited Jan-2008 Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, by Bill Richardson with Michael Ruby 9-Jun-03 Bill Richardson
July 2012 I`ll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society, by Robert Reich 15-May-03 Robert Reich
Feb. 2008 The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama's Plan for America, by Barack Obama Feb. 2008 Barack Obama
Jan. 2008 A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win, by Shelby Steele 4-Dec-07 Barack Obama
Dec. 4, 2011 This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House, by Herman Cain 4-Oct-11 Herman Cain
March 2012 The Case for Gold: Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission, by Ron Paul and Lewis Lehrman  January 25, 2012 Ron Paul
February 2009 The Case for Hillary Clinton, by Susan Estrich 11-Oct-05 Hilary Clinton
Sept. 2011 CEO of SELF: You Are In Charge, by Herman Cain 1-Aug-01 Herman Cain
Oct. 2008 Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America, by Barack Obama 9-Sep-08 Barack Obama
Dec. 2008 Character IS the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America,, by Gov. Mike Huckabee & John Perry 15-Sep-97 Mike Huckabee
June 2007 Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee 1-Jun-07 Mike Huckabee
March 2008 Citizen McCain, by Elizabeth Drew 7-May-02 John McCain
May 2007 Citizen Power: A People's Platform, by Mike Gravel 1972 Mike Gravel
Feb. 2007 Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race, by Dick Morris 11-Oct-05 Condoleezza Rice
Aug. 2008 The Contenders, by Laura Flanders, Dean Kuipers, James Ridgeway, Richard Goldstein, and Elizabeth Sanders 6-Nov-07 Barack Obama
Dec. 2011 Core of Conviction: My Story, by Michele Bachmann 21-Nov-11 Michele Bachmann
December 2010 Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, by Karl Rove 2-Nov-10 George W. Bush
June 2011 Courage to Stand: An American Story, by Tim Pawlenty 11-Jan-11 Tim Pawlenty
December 2007 The Courage to Survive, by Dennis Kucinich Nov-07 Dennis Kucinich
April 2008 Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President, by Ralph Nader 14-Oct-02 Ralph Nader
November 2010 Decision Points, by George W. Bush 9-Nov-10 George W. Bush
January 2008 Doing the Right Thing, by Paul Anderson 7-Jun-94 Janet Reno
January 2009 Doonesbury.com's The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau 1-Oct-08 George W. Bush
August 2012 Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, by Robert Draper 24-Apr-12 Paul Ryan
Feb. 2010 Do the Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee 1-Oct-00 Mike Huckabee
Aug. 2008 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama 10-Aug-04 Barack Obama
Jan. 2009 The Dysfunctional President: Understanding the Compulsions of Bill Clinton, by Paul M. Fick, PhD 1-Jun-00 Bill Clinton
August 2007 Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream, by John Edwards 30-Apr-07 John Edwards
June 2011 End the Fed, by Ron Paul 29-Sep-10 Ron Paul
May 2011 Every Other Monday, by John Kasich 7-Jun-11 John Kasich
May 2007 The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton, by Bay Buchanan 14-May-07 Hillary Clinton
December 2010 The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS, by John Linder 2-May-06 John Linder
October 2011 The Faith Of George W. Bush, by Stephen Mansfield 30-Apr-04 George W. Bush
Sept. 2011 The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for America, by Stephen Mansfield w/ David A. Holland 21-Sep-10 Sarah Palin
June 2011 Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, by Rick Perry 15-Nov-10 Rick Perry
Feb. 2009 The Final Days: The Last Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House, by Barbara Olson 1-Aug-03 Bill Clinton
March 2008 Giuliani: Flawed or Flawless?: The Oral Biography, by Deborah & Gerald Strober 16-Jan-07 Rudy Giuliani
December 2007 A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship, by Ron Paul 1-Jun-07 Ron Paul
July 2012 The Freedom Agenda: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary to Restore Constitutional Government, by Mike Lee 18-Jul-11 Mike Lee
Dec. 2007 Freedom Under Siege: The US Constitution After 200-Plus Years, by Ron Paul Published 1987; reprint Nov. 2007 Ron Paul
April 2008 Free Ride: John McCain and the Media, by David Brock and Paul Waldman 25-Mar-08 John McCain
October 2010 Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin 26-Oct-10 Sarah Palin
Jan. 2012 Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, by Donald Trump 5-Dec-11 Donald Trump
May 2011 Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, by Rep. Dick Armey 17-Aug-10 Tea Party
Oct. 2009 Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, by Bill Clinton 4-Sep-07 Bill Clinton
Oct. 2007 God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life, by Paul Kengor 18-Sep-07 Hillary Clinton
Nov. 2009 Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin 17-Nov-09 Sarah Palin
Dec. 2007 Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: The Birth of a New Currency, by Ron Paul Published 1981; re-released 2007 Ron Paul
Nov. 2009 Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, by Robert Bork Jun-97 Bill Clinton
May 2012 Governor`s Travels, by Angus King 16-Aug-11 Angus King
May 2012 The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw 1-May-01 George Bush Sr.
July 2012 Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America, by Ann Coulter 10-Nov-09 George W. Bush
Feb. 2008 Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them,, by John McCain & Mark Salter 14-Aug-07 John McCain
Sept. 2006 Hegemony or Survival, by Noam Chomsky 12-Aug-04 Noam Chomsky
December 2008 Herding Cats: A Life in Politics, by Trent Lott 29-Aug-06 Trent Lott
August 2007 Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta Jr. 8-Jun-07 Hillary Clinton
March 2008 Friends in High Places: Our Journey from Little Rock to Washington, D.C., by Webb Hubbell Nov-97 Bill Clinton
Jan. 2009 Hillary's Choice, by Gail Sheehy 15-Aug-00 Hillary Clinton
June 2007 Hopes and Dreams: The Story of Barack Obama, by Steve Dougherty 15-Feb-07 Barack Obama
October 2010 Hopes and Prospects, by Noam Chomsky 1-Jun-10 Barack Obama
May 2007 From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPs to Restoring America's Greatness, by Mike Huckabee 4-Jan-07 Mike Huckabee
Oct. 2007 Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson 30-Oct-07 Barack Obama
May 2007 An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, by Al Gore 26-May-06 Al Gore
December 2008 Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, by Judith Warner 1-Aug-99 Hillary Clinton
Sept. 2011 In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney 30-Aug-11 Dick Cheney
July 2012 Jimmy Who?, by Leslie Wheeler Jan. 1976 Jimmy Carter
November 2008 John McCain: An Essay in Military and Political History, by John Karaagac 20-Sep-00 John McCain
June 2012 Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, by Jimmy Carter 1-Jul-95 Jimmy Carter
May 2012 Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence, by Mike Huckabee 1-Jun-98 Mike Huckabee
April 2012 The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley 14-Sep-04 George Bush Sr.
November 2011 Known and Unknown: A Memoir, by Donald Rumsfeld 8-Feb-11 Donald Rumsfeld
Jan. 2011 Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal 15-Nov-10 Bobby Jindal
August 2007 Leadership, by Rudolph Giuliani w/ Ken Kurson 1-Oct-02 Rudolph Giuliani
August 2007 Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution, by Bill Richardson 26-Oct-07 Bill Richardson
March 2003 Lessons From a Father to His Son, by John Ashcroft 5-May-98 John Ashcroft
Oct. 2007 Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice, by Christopher Dodd & Lary Bloom 11-Sep-07 Christopher Dodd
Aug. 2011 Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, by Ron Paul 19-Apr-11 Ron Paul
Sept. 2011 Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption, by Jules Witcover 5-Oct-10 Joe Biden
Dec. 2007 Living History, by Hillary Clinton 9-Jun-03 Hillary Clinton
March 2008 For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, by Sally Bedell Smith 23-Oct-07 Bill Clinton
May 2008 Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House, by R. Emmett Tyrell 25-Feb-04 Hillary Clinton
March 30 2007 Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, by Mike Gravel 24-Jan-08 Mike Gravel
August 2004 A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush, by Ronald Kessler 5-Aug-04 George W. Bush
January 2009 Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders, by Jim Gilchrist, Jerome R. Corsi; foreword by Congressman Tom Tancredo 25-Jul-06 Tom Tancredo
May 2007 This Moment On Earth, by Teresa & John Kerry 1-Apr-08 John Kerry
May 2012 The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney: What Latter-day Saints Teach and Practice, by Andrew Jackson 1/1/2012 Mitt Romney
August 2007 In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security, by Tom Tancredo 1-Jun-06 Tom Tancredo
Feb. 2008 McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch 16-Oct-07 John McCain
April 2008 The Ralph Nader Reader, by Ralph Nader 7-Nov-00 Ralph Nader
July 2011 A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters, by Newt Gingrich 13-Jun-11 Newt Gingrich
July 2012 A Nation of Immigrants, by John F. Kennedy 1964 John F. Kennedy
Nov. 2010 Newt!: Leader of the Second American Revolution, by Dick Williams Jun-95 Newt Gingrich
June 2007 The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security, by John Kerry 1-Jun-98 John Kerry
November 2008 America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers, by Sen. Chuck Hagel with Peter Kaminsky 25-Mar-08 Chuck Hagel
July 2012 Nine and Counting:The Women of the Senate, by Catherine Whitney July 24, 2001 Hillary Clinton
May 2011 No Apology:The Case for American Greatness, by Gov. Mitt Romney March 2, 2010 Mitt Romney
November 2008 Barack Obama For Beginners: An Essential Guide, by Bob Neer July 18, 2008 Barack Obama
July 2011 What Obama Means:For Our Culture, Our politics, Our Future, by Jabari Asim January 5, 2010 Barack Obama
September 2008 The Obama Nation:Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, by Jerome Corsi August 1, 2008 Barack Obama
May 2007 Barack Obama in His Own Words, by Barack Obama edited by Lisa Rogak March 7, 2007 Barack Obama
Jan. 2009 Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, by Joe Hilley October 13, 2008 Sarah Palin
March 2008 Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America, by Roger Morris April 1, 1999 The Clintons
August 2012 The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal, by House Committee on the Budget, Chairman Paul Ryan April 2, 2012 Paul Ryan
June 2008 A Political Odyssey:The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It, by Mike Gravel, Joe Lauria, and Daniel Ellsberg July 1, 2008 Mike Gravel
October 2011 Pour Your Heart: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, by Howard Schultz, Dori jones Yang January 6, 1999 Howard Schultz
May 2012 Power to the People: An American State at Work, by Gov. Tommy G. Thompson September 1996 Tommy Thompson
November 2007 From Power to Purpose: A Remarkable Journey of Faith and Compassion, by Sam Brownback July 3, 2007 Sam Brownback
Oct. 2007 Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, by Joe Biden July 31, 2007 Joe Biden
April 2008 Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell August 1, 2007 Barack Obama
April 2011 Real Change: From the World that Fails to the World that Works, by Newt Gingrich Dec. 18, 2007 Newt Gingrich
March 2012 The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish & Scott Helman January 17, 2012 Mitt Romney
May 2007 Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future, by Newt Gingrich October 10, 2006 Newt Gingrich
Jan. 2008, updated July 2012 A Republic, Not an Empire, by Pat Buchanan September 1, 1999 Pat Buchanan
November 2008 The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul April 2008 Ron Paul
November 2011 Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency, by Pat Buchanan August 12, 2004 Pat Buchanan
July 2012 The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Roig-Franzia June 19, 2012 Marco Rubio

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