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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Speaking for Myself
by Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders's book is filled with references to "Air Force One" and meeting the president of China and name-dropping "Jared" in photos and "Ivanka" on a first-name basis too (they traveled together to the South Korea Olympics, pp. 124-6) -- yeah, we know, you were there -- now what are the issues upon which you're running for governor? For example, she writes "Air Force One is a plane like no other in the world...an Oval Office in the sky" (p. 7) -- but look at our thin selection of issue excerpts!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for governor of Arkansas -- the governorship once held by President Bill Clinton and then by Sarah's father, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Sanders loves citing insider materials about Governor Huckabee too -- like this one: "[In] the Governor's Mansion... on more than one occasion I came downstairs to a group of strangers on a tour or there for an event in my PJs!" (p. 22-23).

But this isn't a campaign book -- it's a memoir of her time in the White House as President Trump's press secretary. Sanders held that position for two years, and according to this book, that's her primary qualification for running for Governor. It's also a memoir of her childhood in the Arkansas Governor's mansion -- where she speaks on behalf of her father, instead of speaking on behalf of the President. And it's her story -- as a wife and mother while working in the Trump administration – "the first mom to ever serve as White House press secretary" (p. 197) -- but it's just biography, not campaign stances.

We agree that Sanders is well-qualified to run for governor -- and the frontrunner for the Republican nomination next year -- but we wish she would tell us more about where she stand on the issues -- her economic views, her social views, her local views on Arkansas issues. Any issues would do -- America and Arkansas are well-aware of Sanders' Trump credentials, but this book focuses entirely on laying out those credentials.

The politics behind Sanders is a stark contrast of two major camps of the Republican party: the faith-based Republicanism of Mike Huckabee, vs. the loyalty-based Republicanism of Donald Trump. Astute observers might recall that Mike Huckabee ran against Donald Trump in the Republican primary of 2016 -- presenting a moral evangelical alternative to Trump's bombastic television persona. Which camp is Sanders in? Clearly, "both." She embraces her evangelical roots, but she equally embraces her role as Trump's formal mouthpiece.

This book was written in preparation for her gubernatorial run -- published in September 2020, and she announced her candidacy in January 2021, just four months later -- just enough time for a book tour. The final chapter of the book discusses her plans for running for Governor, including discussion with President Trump about his supporting her candidacy (p. 251). But there's no clue about her gubernatorial campaign platform.

The title of this book is "Speaking for Myself," to contrast Sanders officially speaking for Trump as Press Secretary. So, speak for yourself! She doesn't -- and we're disappointed. This book is great for Arkansas voters who like to see how one of their own handled herself inside the Beltway -- but there's not much here for voters who want to hear what she thinks for herself.

-- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor-in-chief, May 22, 2021

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump brought a booming economy and trillions in new wealth.
Civil Rights
    Mike Huckabee: Barring blacks from Little Rock High wrong; we renounce it.
    Mike Huckabee: Executions are hardest decision because they can't be undone.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: God unconditionally loves and forgives convicted criminals.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Graduated proudly from integrated Little Rock High School.
Families & Children
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Over half of all moms experience post-partum depression.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: Unite moderate Arab countries to isolate & contain Iran.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: China is our adversary, not our friend.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch among top accomplishments.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: COVID: Supported China travel ban and national emergency.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: National emergency on coronavirus in January 2020.
Homeland Security
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Selfless sacrifice of soldiers represents best of America.
Principles & Values
    Maxine Waters: Push back on Trump administration at every opportunity.
    Mike Huckabee: 1996: Reached out to Dems amid AR constitutional crisis.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump wasn't perfect; the only perfect role model is Jesus.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Asked to leave restaurant because she worked for Trump.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: Hard line against Russia: sanctions & diplomatic expulsions.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: We're not looking to annihilate North Korea, but we could.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: On Holocaust memorial: Why didn't somebody do something?

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