Books from the Campaign Period

Each cycle (see below), a new crop of political tomes by potential presidential candidates  and cancidates hits the bookstores.  These include straight biographies, expositions on the issues of the day, and most typically books which blend the two.  Many or most of these books are not great reads, but every so often one will strike a chord, as did Sen. John McCain's Faith of My Fathers, written with Mark Salter (1999). 

Writing, or as is most often the case, co-writing a book allows a political figure to present himself or herself as a thoughtful person, and maybe even make a few bucks along the way.  Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, was  reporrted to be receiving an advance of close to $1.5 million for the book he wrote.  Once the book is done, there is the opportunity to do book tour, during which the presidential prospect can connect with potential supporters.  Even if a potential candidate does not have a new book in the works, an upcoming campaign may be a good time to reissue a book he or she has previously written.  A book is a perhaps the ultimate form of campaign literature, a tri-fold brochure or palm card taken to two hundred, three hundred, or more pages.1  In the digital age, however, some candidates opt for the e-book over the printed page as did Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Gov. Jeb Bush. 

In addition to books by the candidates themselves, books written by journalists and others also offer insights on the leading candidates and the campaign.  For example, books on Trump included Never Enough (St. Martin's Press, Oct. 2015) by Michael D'Antonio, The Making of Donald Trump (Melville House, Aug. 2016) by David Cay Johnston, Trump Revealed (Simon & Schuster, Aug. 2016) by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, and a graphic novel by Ted Rall (Seven Stories Press, July 2016).  A broader look at the campaign came in The Year of Voting Dangerously (Grand Central Publishing, Sept. 2016), a collection by the New York Times' Maureen Dowd.

There is a large, ever-growing oeuvre of anti-Clinton books.2 For example, Clinton allies issued detailed rebuttals to Peter Schweizer's Clinton Cash (Harper, May 2015) (1; 2. 3 [PDF]), and errors in the book prompted the publisher to make "significant revisions," yet the book served as a mainstay of Donald Trump's June 22, 2016 speech on the stakes of the election and was made into a movie.  Gary J. Byrne, Dinesh D'Souza and Ed Klein (two books) also contributed to the genre; many of these books are published by Regnery Publishing.


1. There are limits to what politicians can do to promote and distribute their books.  In 2013 Rep. Michele Bachmann came under investigation for charges that she "used funds from her presidential campaign to promote her book, and may have used book promotional activities paid for by the publisher to promote her presidential campaign."  See also Federal Election Commission AO 2014-06, iissued July 23, 2014, in which the FEC issued an opinion on the propriety of Rep. Paul Ryan's campaign committee and leadership PAC promoting and distributing copies of his book The Way Forward.

Also note that before the campaign gets underway, there are figures who are subject of intense presidential speculation but who ultimately do not run; presidential buzz can substantially help boost their book sales.  Examples from this cycle include Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo and Paul Ryan. 

2. There are already numerous books about Hillary Clinton from the time of her previous campaign, including works which fit into the "hatchet job" category. 


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Brett M. Decker, Ed Martin and Phyllis Schlafly.  THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR TRUMP.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.
"Schlafly, the conservative icon whose celebrated classic A Choice Not An Echo (over 3 million copies sold) upended the 1964 Republican Convention, persuasively argues that Donald Trump is worthy of every conservative’s vote. Joined by Ed Martin, the former head of the Missouri Republican Party, and Brett Decker, formerly an editorial writer with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, Schlafly presents the real Trump, the Trump she and her colleagues have met with and interviewed, the Trump who is far more conservative than you think."

Ann Coulter.  Aug. 23, 2016.  IN TRUMP WE TRUST: E Pluribus Awesome!  New York: Sentinel [Penguin Random House imprint].
"Donald Trump isn’t a politician — he’s a one-man wrecking ball against our dysfunctional and corrupt establishment. We’re about to see the deluxe version of the left’s favorite theme: Vote for us or we’ll call you stupid. It’s the working class against the smirking class...  Now Ann Coulter, with her unique insight, candor, and sense of humor, makes the definitive case for why we should all join his revolution."

Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher.  Aug. 23, 2016.  TRUMP REVEALED: An American Journey of Amibition, Ego, Money, and Power.  New York: Scribner. [Simon & Schuster]
"Trump Revealed will offer the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump’s public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy, to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment, to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book will be based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Washington Post reporters and researchers who will leverage their expertise in politics, business, legal affairs, sports, and other areas."

David Cay Johnston.  Aug. 2, 2016.  The MAKING OF DONALD TRUMP.  Brooklyn, NY:
Melville House.
"In the culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul’s rise to power and prominence...  Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president."

Ted Rall.  July 19, 2016.  TRUMP: A Graphic Biography.  New York: Seven Stories Press.

"Trump's life story is told, going all the way back to his origins growing up a rich kid in the NY suburbs. Rall shows how Trump taps into a longing among many Americans for a strongman. He doesn't make many promises; his supporters don't expect many. He'll Make America Great Again. Somehow. Trust me, he says. And they do."

G.B. Trudeau.  YUGE!  30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.  Riverside, NJ: Andrews McMeel Publishing.
"He tried to warn us. Ever since the release of the first Trump-for-President trial balloon in 1987, Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau has tirelessly tracked and highlighted the unsavory career of the most unqualified candidate to ever aspire to the White House. It’s all there--the hilarious narcissism, the schoolyard bullying, the loathsome misogyny, the breathtaking ignorance; and a good portion of the Doonesbury cast has been tangled up in it."

Donald J. Trump.  Oct. 27, 2015.  CRIPPLED AMERICA: How to Make America Great Again.  New York: Threshold Editions [Simon & Schuster].
"This book is my blueprint for how to Make America Great Again. It’s not hard. We just need someone with the courage to say what needs to be said. We won’t find that in Washington, DC."

Michael D'Antonio.  Oct. 6, 2015.  NEVER ENOUGH: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success.  New York: Thomas Dunne Books [St. Martin's Press].
"Drawing upon exclusive interviews and detailed research, Michael D'Antonio presents the full story of Donald Trump, a man who, for all of his excesses, is perfectly adapted to our world."  ...publication originally planned for early 2016.

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Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick.  March 2013.  IMMIGRATION WARS: Forging an American Solution.  New York: Threshold Editions [Simon & Schuster].
"In the first book to offer a practical, nonpartisan approach, Bush and Bolick propose a compelling six-point strategy for reworking our policies that begins with erasing all existing, outdated immigration structures and starting over. From there, Immigration Wars details their plan for advancing the national goals that immigration policy is supposed to achieve:"

Candy Carson.  Jan. 5, 2016.  A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE: My Life with Ben Carson.  New York: Sentinel [Penguin Books].
In A Doctor in the House, Candy reveals many stories that have never been told before, despite the media spotlight on Dr. Carson in recent years. She shows us what it was like when they moved to Baltimore to join a new community centered around Johns Hopkins Hospital. She describes how their family evolved with the births of their three sons and the tragic miscarriage of their twins. She talks about the challenges of Ben’s twelve to twenty-hour work days, as he saved thousands of lives, year after year, while Candy ran the household.

Ben Carson, M.D. with Candy Carson.  Oct. 6, 2015.  A MORE PERFECT UNION: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional LibertiesSentinel HC [Penguin Books]. 
"I wrote this book to encourage every citizen to read and think about the Constitution, and to help defend it from those who misinterpret and undermine it. In our age of political correctness it’s especially important to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speak, bear arms, practice our religion, and much more."

Ben Carson, M.D. with Candy Carson.  May 20, 2014.  ONE NATION: What We Can All Do to Save America.  New York: Sentinel HC [Penguin Books].
"As a doctor rather than a politician, I care about what works, not whether someone has an (R) or a (D) after his or her name. We have to come together to solve our problems...  Knowing that the future of my grandchildren is in jeopardy because of reckless spending, godless government, and mean-spirited attempts to silence critics left me no choice but to write this book. I have endeavored to propose a road out of our decline, appealing to every American’s decency and common sense."

Matt Katz.  Jan. 19, 2016.  AMERICAN GOVERNOR: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption.  New York: Threshold Editions [Simon & Schuster].
"...a definitive biography of the popular and controversial governor of New Jersey—including the true story behind the Bridgegate lane-closure scandal...  Journalist Matt Katz has been covering the Christie campaign since 2011 and has seen firsthand how the governor appeals to the public through his tactics, rhetoric, and personality. In American Governor, Katz weaves a compelling on-the-ground political narrative that begins with Christie’s landslide election victory over opponent Jon Corzine and follows him along the road to his announcement of his intention to run for the highest office in the country.

Ted Cruz.  June 30, 2015.  A TIME FOR TRUTH: Reigniting the Miracle of America. New York: Broadside Books [HarperCollins].
"In A Time For Truth, his first book, Cruz tells his story as a Cuban immigrant’s son who made it to the Ivy League, to the Supreme Court bar, and eventually the U.S. Senate...  Pulling back the curtain on the backroom deals between Republicans, Democrats, and the lobbyists who keep them in office (instead of keeping them accountable to their constituents), Cruz offers an inside look at what has gone wrong in our nation’s capital. He argues that the need for change is urgent, and that the only way to bring about real change is to revitalize the Constitutional principles that made our country great."
Ed. note: Paul Bedard, writing for the Washington Examiner, reported on April 2, 2014 that Cruz was to receive an advance of close to $1.5 million for the book.


Carly Fiorina.  May 2015.  RISING TO THE CHALLENGE, MY LEADERSHIP JOURNEY.  New York: Sentinel [Penguin Books USA].
"Since the 2006 publication of her New York Times bestseller Tough Choices, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has faced a new round of challenges. She ran for the Senate as a Republican in deep-blue California; battled breast cancer; suffered the loss of a step-daughter; and launched the Unlocking Potential Project, a new grassroots organization.  Now she has a message for those who worry about America’s future: Our wounds are self-inflicted. We have all the resources we need to prosper, but we don’t tap into them. By ignoring conservative principles—or failing to articulate those principles in ways that connect with regular people—Republicans have missed many opportunities to lead.  Fiorina believes that politics, like business, is primarily about people. She shows how conservatives can reach out across the usual barriers of gender, race, income, and party affiliation to craft a message that appeals to a wide range of Americans. Her book will be an important blueprint for conservatives as we approach the critical elections of 2016."  Initial working title was: Times of Challenge, Moments of Grace.

Mike Huckabee.  Jan. 20, 2015.  GOD, GUNS, GRITS AND GRAVY.  New York: St. Martin's Press [MacMillan - Holtzbrinck Group].
"In Mike Huckabee’s new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, he asks the question, 'Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?' The New York Times bestselling author explores today’s American culture, drawing from his travels as a presidential candidate to present average, small-town people and families, and their optimistic resilience in the face of hard times; their stories, says Huckabee, 'will inspire readers to think about their own values and rediscover what makes America great.' At times lighthearted, at others bracingly realistic, Huckabee's brand of optimistic patriotism lends itself to discussing the reintroduction of fundamental American values, as well as a bright outlook for future generations."

Bobby Jindal.  Oct. 20, 2015.  AMERICAN WILL: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic.  New York: Threshold Editions [Simon & Schuster].
"Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana...offers fourteen lessons from our nation’s past and discusses how they can be used to restore American courage, faith, and wisdom.  Jindal brings to life inspiring stories from our country’s past that have influenced his beliefs and the indispensable lessons each can teach us about our future. Stories such as the stalwart senator who galvanized the public against Hillary Clinton’s costly and oppressive socialist health-care proposal in the early 1990s; the entrepreneur whose dogged determination ushered in a worldwide energy revolution, and with it technological innovation and economic growth; and the Founding Father who refused to “lead from behind” and instead used his vision for the nascent nation’s vast potential and the best interests of its people to outwit a greedy dictator."

Rand Paul with James Randall Robison.  Oct. 20, 2015.  OUR PRESIDENTS & THEIR PRAYERS: Proclamations of Faith by America's Leaders.  New York: Center Street [Hachette Book Group].
"Rand Paul reveals the practices of each President of the United States and sheds light on how religion played a part in their governing and personal lives. From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, and every President in between, prayer and religion made its way into their public speeches, private journals and official proclamations. In OUR PRESIDENTS & THEIR PRAYERS Rand Paul will reveal the practices of each President and shed light on how religion played a part in their governing and in their personal lives."

Rand Paul.  May 26, 2015.  TAKING A STAND: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.  New York: Center Street [Hachette Book Group].
"Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and likely contender for the 2016 Presidential bid, presents his vision for America....  When Senator Paul believes in an issue he reaches across the aisle to collaborate with his colleagues. He's worked with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on an anti-war bill, a financial assistance for childcare bill, and a protection for women in the military bill. He's also working with Senator Cory Booker to reform the nation's criminal justice system. He's received standing ovations from conservatives when he spoke at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) and standing ovations from students when he spoke at University of California at Berkley, known to be a liberal institution."

Marco Rubio.  Jan. 13, 2015.  AMERICAN DREAMS: Restarting the Economy and Restoring the Land of Opportunity.  New York: Sentinel HC [Penguin Books].
"Senator Rubio shares the stories of real people who are fighting to educate their children, protect their families, climb the economic ladder, save for retirement, and achieve their own American dreams. He challenges us to replace our failing 20th century institutions with a new agenda based on choice, innovation and local control."

Rick and Karen Santorum with Elizabeth Santorum.  Feb. 10, 2015.  BELLA'S GIFT: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a NationThomas Nelson [Harper Collins].
"Rick and Karen Santorum share the inspiring story of life with their special-needs youngest child. On May 13, 2008, the Santorum family welcomed their seventh child into the world... Over the next five miraculous years, the Santorum family adjusted to life with a special needs girl--and watched her transform the lives of everyone around her. In many days of sickness and joy, she became an inspiration to her community and, ultimately, to the nation. 'Bella's Gift' details the peaks and valleys, the joys and sufferings, and the incredible value of life with a special needs child. In a world that often measures worth according to usefulness, Bella's story is a reminder that our real value lies in our capacity to love."

Rick Santorum.  April 28, 2014.  BLUE COLLAR CONSERVATIVES.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.
"In 2012, a mass of blue collar voters, enough to have tipped the balance of the electoral college in favor of the Republican candidate, simply stayed home on election day. Why? Despite their deeply conservative values, they had lost faith that the Republicans spoke for them and had their backs. In Blue Collar Conservatives, Rick Santorum calls for the GOP to get back in touch with this base." tour

Scott Walker with Marc Thiessen.  Nov. 19, 2013. 
UNINTIMIDATED: A Governor's Story and A Nation's Challenge.  New York: Sentinel HC [Penguin Books].
"In Unintimidated, Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the state’s schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official."

American Bridge 21st CenturyDec. 8, 2014.  2016 SCOUTING REPORT: American Bridge's Media Guide to the Republican Presidential Field.  Washington, DC.
"This playbook represents the first glance at some of the critical intelligence American Bridge's researchers have begun to assemble on 20 potential Republican candidates. 2016 Scouting Report exposes some of the GOP field’s biggest vulnerabilities and foreshadows impending lines of attack against them. It will be shared with allies, the press, and the public as a reference point for when these candidates move to the right to appeal to the most conservative wing of the Republican Party. The guide will ensure they are held accountable for their words and actions as they attempt to win the nomination. American Bridge has printed over 2,000 initial hard copies of the 2016 Scouting Report to date and is distributing it to activists, operatives, and reporters across the country."

Whit Ayres.  2016 AND BEYOND: How Republicans Can Elect A President in the New America.  Resurgent Republic, Washington, DC. +
"Society is changing at unprecedented speeds, and these changes are having dramatic effects on the American political landscape. 2016 and Beyond explores public opinion on hot-button issues like immigration, health care, gay rights, abortion, national security, taxes and spending, and the role of government. With unsparing honesty, 2016 and Beyond explains how GOP candidates must adapt to these changes to win the presidency without compromising Republican principles...Leading GOP pollster Whit Ayres draws upon 30 years of campaign experience and data-driven research from his own firm and that of other highly-respected polling organizations to deliver this insightful commentary. The result is a fascinating and highly readable exploration of how new candidates, new messages, and a new tone are needed for Republicans to win the presidency in the New America.

McKay Coppins.  Dec. 1, 2015.  THE WILDERNESS: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White HouseLittle, Brown and Company [Hachette Book Group].
"McKay Coppins has had unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates, power brokers, lawmakers, and Tea Party leaders. Based on more than 300 interviews, The Wilderness is the book that opens up the party like never before: the deep passions, larger-than-life personalities, and dagger-sharp power plays behind the scenes...  [T]his exclusive look into the Republican Party at a pivotal moment in its history follows a cast of its rising stars, establishment figures, and loudmouthed insurgents--Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, and dozens of others--as they battle over the future of the party and its path to the presidency."

Ed Klein.  Oct. 4, 2016.  GUILTY AS SIN.  Washington, DC:  Regnery Publishing.
"In his astonishing new book, Klein uncovers the real story behind Hillary’s email scandals and the dirty political games that have kept her one step ahead of the law – for now. Klein reveals what the FBI’s team of 150+ investigators really found on Clinton’s server. How Comey originally threatened to resign over White House attempts to intervene in the investigation, and his secret plan to go around the Justice Department if needed. How an unprecedented Congressional investigation during an election year is uncovering new shocking evidence of corruption on a level some would call treason. And what Bill and Hillary still have left in their bag of tricks in their desperate quest to get back into the Oval Office."

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine.  Sept. 6, 2016.  STRONGER TOGETHER: A Blueprint for America's Future.  New York: Simon & Schuster.

"For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has laid out an ambitious agenda to improve the lives of the American people and make our country stronger and safer. Stronger Together presents that agenda in full, relating stories from the American people and outlining the Clinton/Kaine campaign’s plans on everything from apprenticeships to the Zika virus..."

Dinesh D'Souza.  July 2016.  HILLARY'S AMERICA: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.
"Dinesh D’Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton’s flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America’s progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation’s wealth. D’Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was."
>The book served as the basis for a movie of the same title released nationally on July 22nd by Quality Flix and D’Souza Media.

Gary J. Byrne.  June 28, 2016.  CRISIS OF CHARACTER: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate.  New York: Hachette Book Group.

"Having witnessed the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House--so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined--Byrne came to understand that, to the Clintons, governing was an afterthought. He now tells this story--before voters go to the polls--in the hopes that Clinton supporters will understand the real Hillary Clinton."
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Liza Featherstone, ed.  May 17, 2016.  FALSE CHOICES: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  New York: Verso [Penguin Random House]
"In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her...  In False Choices, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This well-researched collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world."

Mark Landler.  April 25, 2016.  ALTER EGOS: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power.  New York: Random House.
"The deeply reported story of two supremely ambitious figures, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—archrivals who became partners for a time, trailblazers who share a common sense of their historic destiny but hold very different beliefs about how to project American power.  In Alter Egos, veteran New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler takes us inside the fraught and fascinating relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—a relationship that has framed the nation’s great debates over war and peace for the past eight years.

Richard Kreitner, ed.  Jan. 30, 2016.  WHO IS HILLARY CLINTON? Two Decades of Answers from the Left.  London, UK: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd.
"Who is Hillary Clinton? is a fascinating time-lapse depiction of the leading Democratic presidential candidate as seen from the left. But it is also much more than that. A carefully-edited anthology of The Nation's coverage of Clinton's career, it's a rigorous and painstaking study of one of our most enigmatic public figures. It is a history of our time, and a must-read for the 2016 election season, providing perspective on the woman who could become the first female President of the United States.

Edward Klein.  Sept. 28, 2015.  UNLIKEABLE: The Problem with Hillary. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.

is the stunning, powerful exposé of Hillary Clinton and her floundering race for the White House. With unprecedented access to longtime associates of the Clintons and the Obamas, investigative reporter Edward Klein meticulously recreates conversations and details of Hillary Clinton’s behind-the-scenes plotting in Chappaqua and Whitehaven. Klein, the former editor in chief of New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, draws a deeply troubling portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a highly unlikeable presidential candidate and a woman more associated with scandal than with accomplishments, with lying than with truth, with arrogance than with compassion."
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Peter Schweizer.  May 5, 2015.  CLINTON CASH: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.  New York: Harper.
"In the New York Times bestseller Clinton Cash, he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their “close personal friends,” the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government. Now, with Hillary on the verge of winning the presidential nomination, the questions it raises are more important than ever." 
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Daniel Halper.  July 22, 2014.  CLINTON, INC.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.  New York: Broadside Books [Harper Collins].
"Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper provides a meticulously researched account of the brilliant calculations, secret deals, and occasionally treacherous maneuverings that led to the Clintons’ return to political prominence."

Hillary Clinton.  June 10, 2014.  HARD CHOICES.  New York:
Simon & Schuster
"Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world.  She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day. Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation."

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.  Feb. 11, 2014.  HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.  New York: Crown [Random House]. >
"The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes from more than two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy."

Ted Rall.  Jan. 19, 2016.  BERNIE.  New York: Seven Stories Press [Penguin Random House]
"Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications..."

Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman.  Sept. 2015.  OUTSIDER IN THE WHITE HOUSE.  New York: Verso.
"In this book, Sanders tells the story of a passionate and principled political life. He describes how, after cutting his teeth in the Civil Rights movement, he helped build a grassroots political movement in Vermont, making it possible for him to become the first independent elected to the US House of Representatives in forty years. The story continues into the US Senate and through the dramatic launch of his presidential campaign."  ...updated version of the 1997 book.

Jonathan Tasini.  Sept. 8, 2015.  THE ESSENTIAL BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS VISION FOR AMERICA.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.
"In this short, accessible book, author Jonathan Tasini draws heavily from Sanders’ ample public record of speeches, statements, and interviews, and couples his working-class spirit with specific legislation he has championed on a number of core proposals that comprise a broader people’s agenda for America."

James Webb.  May 20, 2014.  I HEARD MY COUNTRY CALLING: A Memoir.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
"James Webb...has written an extraordinary memoir of his early years, 'a love story—love of family, love of country, love of service,' in his words.  Webb’s mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. His father and life-time hero was the first of many generations of Webbs, whose roots are in Appalachia, to finish high school. He flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation’s most advanced weaponry.  Webb’s account of his childhood is a tremendous American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military...  His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but in the end triumphant. His description of Vietnam’s most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground."

Maureen Dowd  Sept. 13, 2016.  THE YEAR OF VOTING DANGEROUSLY: The Derangement of American PoliticsTwelve [Grand Central Publishing imprint/Hachette Book Group].
"In this perilous and shocking campaign season, The New York Times columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever... Like her bestsellers, Bushworld and Are Men Necessary?, THE YEAR OF VOTING DANGEROUSLY will feature Dowd's trademark cocktail of wry humor and acerbic analysis in dispatches from the political madhouse. If America is on the escalator to hell, then THE YEAR OF VOTING DANGEROUSLY is the perfect guide for this surreal, insane ride."

Jeb Bush.  Oct. 30, 2015.  REPLY ALL: A Governor's Story, 1999-2007>
"Governor Bush has written a memoir of his governorship through the email exchanges he had with his staff, members of the media and most importantly the Floridians he represented during his two-terms as the leader of America’s fourth largest state...  Governor Bush spent 30 hours a week sending and responding to email because it kept him committed to his mission of being the best leader possible for Floridians."  [Note: The campaign released Chapter 6, “We Will Prevail” covering 2004, on Aug. 25, 2015].
Lindsey Graham.  June 17, 2015.  MY STORY.  Lindsey Graham 2016.
“I didn’t try to produce an exhaustive account of my life. That would try the patience of readers more than necessary. I thought it was better to take a more impressionistic approach to the material, so to speak, just a glance back at the experiences that most influenced the course of my life for good or ill.” (+)

The Washington Post with Diversion Books.  July 26, 2015.  THE 2016 CONTENDERS.  [series]
"Presidential candidates are a breed apart, often propelled by traits that have shaped their careers and have deep roots in personal histories. Often their greatest strength can turn at supernova speed into their greatest weakness. The exact qualities that set them apart from the field trip them up eventually over the long haul of a presidential campaign.  In this series of eBooks, The Washington Post is exploring in-depth all these key characteristics of the leading presidential contenders, the very characteristics that could help make one of them the country’s next commander in chief—or forever sink their presidential ambitions."
Thus far there are books on nine of the candidates, each about 45 pages ($2.99 each): Jeb Bush (Sally Jenkins)  -  Chris Christie (Manuel Roig-Franzia)  -  Hillary Clinton (Kent Babb)  -  Ted Cruz (Marc Fisher)  -  Mike Huckabee (Steve Hendrix)  -  Rand Paul (Joel Achenbach)  -  Rick Perry (Stephanie McCrummen)  -  Marco Rubio (Mary Jordan)  -  Scott Walker (Michael A. Fletcher).


Valentin Ramon.  Sept. 2014.  HILLARY: The Coloring Book.  Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press.
"An intimate, educational, and inspiring look at America’s best-known female politician, Hillary: The Coloring Book is a fun and whimsical primer on the former First Lady and likely 2016 presidential candidate." (+)

--.  Dec. 2013.  TED CRUZ TO THE FUTURE - Comic Coloring Activity Book.  Saint Louis, MO: Really Big Coloring Books, Inc..
"The Cruz to the Future book is a non-partisan, fact-driven view of how Texas Sen. Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz became a U.S. senator and details, through his quotes and public information his ideas for what he believes will help America grow."

Bluewater Productions (Darren G. Davis) has issued comic books on several of the candidates (1, 2) available through 

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Paul Ryan.  Aug. 19, 2014.  THE WAY FORWARD: Renewing the American Idea.  New York: Twelve [Grand Central Publishing imprint/Hachette Book Group].
"Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward.  THE WAY FORWARD also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole--its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin.  Culminating in a plan for the future, THE WAY FORWARD argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals."  [initial title was WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: A New Path to Prosperity]

Andrew Cuomo.  Oct. 14, 2014.  ALL THINGS POSSIBLE: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.  New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

"In this full and frank memoir—a personal story of duty, family, justice, politics and resilience—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reflects on his rise, fall, and rise in politics, and recounts his defining personal and political moments and tough but necessary lessons he has learned along the way."

Elizabeth Warren.  April 22, 2014.  A FIGHTING CHANCEMetropolitan Books [Macmillan Publishers].
"In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families."

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