Home Issues Leaders Recent Grid Archive Senate House VoteMatch_Quiz FAQs
 2008 Election:  McCain's book Obama's book Biden's book Palin's booklet Keyes' book Nader's book Barr's book      2008   Debates 

2008 presidential race

2009 State of the Union speech
Presidential Debates: Third Obama-McCain Debate - Second Obama-McCain Debate - V.P. debate, Biden vs. Palin - First Obama-McCain Debate
Vice Presidential background materials:

Gov. Sarah Palin: Booklet - Debate - Profile - Wasilla - Governor
Sen. Joe Biden: Bio - Profile - Debates
Convention coverage:
Dems - GOP - McCain - Palin - Obama - Biden - Nader - Barr
McCain-Obama joint appearances:
Aug.16 -Jul.12 -Jun.28 -
Fox -CNN -
MtP -Ads
2008 Democratic primary debates
Apr.16 -Apr.13 -Feb.26 -Feb.21 -Feb.11 -Jan.31 -Jan.28 -Jan.21 -Jan.15 -Jan.5
2008 Republican primary debates
Feb.7 -Jan.30 -Jan.28 -Jan.24 -Jan.10 -Jan.6 -Jan.5
2008 Green primary debates
Feb.3 -Jan.13
2007 Republican primary debates
Dec.22 -Dec.12 -Dec.9 -Nov.28 -Oct.21 -Oct.9 -Sep.27 -Sep.17 -Sep.5 -Aug.5 -Jun.5 -May 15 -May 3
2007 Democratic primary debates
Dec.22 -Dec.13 -Dec.4 -Dec.1 -Nov.15 -Oct.30 -Sep.26 -Sep.20 -Sep.13 -Sep.9 -Aug.19 -Aug.9 -Aug.7 -Jul.23 -Jun.28 -Jun.3 -Apr.26 -Apr.10

Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

(click a book cover for excerpts and a review or other books by or about the presidency from

The Courage to Survive, by Dennis Kucinich, November, 2007

(Click for Amazon book review)


This book is an odd campaign book -- it's a personal biography focusing on Kucinich's early life. How this applies to the presidential race is unclear here to us at OnTheIssues. We assume this book is written for Kucinich's hard-core fans, known as Kucitizens, who just want to know more about his upbringing and personal background. Certainly that's an appropriate audience, and Kucitizens will presumably enjoy this book.

For the rest of us, the book is thin on policy prescriptions. That's what makes it an odd campaign book, since normally minor candidates put out books heavy on policy in the middle of a campaign. But Kucinich had already done that, in his 2004 book A Prayer for America, which is a collection of what Kucinich considers his most important policy speeches. Kucinich could have published a "sequel" of his speeches of the last 4 years, or maybe an update, as many candidates have done. We would have found more useful excerpts if he had chosen that route.

There are only a few excerpts here because we found so little that impacts Kucinich's presidential policies. We focus on the later chapters of the book, after Kucinich began his career in politics by running for Cleveland City Council. The first 200 pages of the book focus on his childhood. That IS relevant to his presidential campaign's "narrative," that is, his personal story that qualifies him to be president. Kucinich's narrative is: "I was raised poor; so I can relate to the working-class. I was a sickly child; so I can relate to people who need healthcare. I worked hard to get ahead, so I can relate to providing opportunities to all." That narrative is well-documented here, in great detail.

-- Jesse Gordon,, December 2007

Click here for 3 full quotes from Dennis Kucinich in the book The Courage to Survive.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Government Reform
   1967: Argued “not a job agency”; reduce size of City Council.
Principles & Values
   Planned as teenager to become Mayor of Cleveland.
   RFK assassination persuaded him to fight to change the world.

The above quotations are from The Courage to Survive, by Dennis Kucinich, November, 2007.

All material copyright 1999-2013
Reprinting by permission only.

Send donations or submit quotations to:
1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630
Cambridge, MA 02140
Home Page
Most recent quotations Archive of books & debates Candidate Matching Quiz