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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 Plan
Big Ideas for Change in America
by Rahm Emanuel & Bruce Reed

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Click here for 13 full quotes from Rahm Emanuel in the book The Plan, by Rahm Emanuel.
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Rahm Emanuel is the mayor of Chicago. But he wrote this book while he was a member of Congress. In between those two, he served as Pres. Obama's chief of staff, which is the highest post one can have and not be in the Cabinet.

Emanuel served Obama primarily as a strategist -- i.e., a political role rather than a policy-making role. He falls into the category of politician known as "bulldog" -- he gets things done by brashly pushing things through. Emanuel is perhaps most famous for cussing explicitly and frequently (but not in this book!).

Emanuel is a populist liberal, while Obama is a progressive. Emanuel believes that government can solve many more problems than Obama believes. In particular, Emanuel believes in the War on Terror, and in building up the armed forces as the means to "win" that war (p. 150). Progressives like Obama don't like the term "war" applied to terrorism at all. Emanuel also believes in "universal service", which means all young people would be drafted into civilian service (but it's not a "draft" since it's not military, in Emanuel's view; pp. 58-60).

The title of the book refers to a "new social contract" that Emanuel lays out on pp. 52-53, which serves as the framework for the rest of the book. Summarizing Emanuel's Plan:

  1. A new social contract--universal citizen service, universal college access, universal retirement savings, and universal children's health care--that makes clear what you can do for your country and what your country can do for you.
  2. A return to fiscal responsibility and an end to corporate welfare as we know it.
  3. Tax reform to help those who aren't wealthy build wealth.
  4. A new strategy to use all America's strengths to win the war on terror.
  5. A Hybrid Economy that cuts America's gasoline consumption in half over the next decade.

Presumably Emanuel has another Plan, for his own personal political future. He left a powerful White House position to run for mayor of Chicago. That gives him "executive experience," as the politicians call it, which is a credential usually reserved for governors but also gets bestowed on mayors of very large cities, such as Rudy Giuliani of NYC. He also has legislative experience and White House experience -- a strong combination to run for president some day. So stay tuned....

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Dec. 2011
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Increase college graduation rates, like all other countries.
    Provide more choices within the public school system.
Energy & Oil
    Usher in a Hybrid Economy in American cars.
    Backing away from Kyoto was policy error & economic error.
Foreign Policy
    Build new arrangements for the new economic era.
Health Care
    Universal healthcare is not out of reach.
Homeland Security
    Universal civilian service for all young Americans.
    We cannot win the War on Terror without more troops.
Principles & Values
    The Plan: new social contract for a changed world.
Social Security
    Help people build a nest egg outside Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Overhaul tax code for those who NEED wealth.
    Bring America's healthcare system into the 21st century.
War & Peace
    Iraq stretched our troops thin too thin for Afghan success.

The above quotations are from The Plan
Big Ideas for Change in America
by Rahm Emanuel & Bruce Reed.

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