Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates|
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Crippled America ,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
| American Dreams,|
by Marco Rubio (2015)
| Taking a Stand,|
by Rand Paul (2015)
by Scott Walker (2013)
| A Time for Truth,|
by Ted Cruz (2015)
| One Nation,|
by Ben Carson (2014)
| Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Living History ,|
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
| Between Hope and History ,|
by Bill Clinton (1996)
| In Harmís Way ,|
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
| Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,|
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates|
| Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
| Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
An Essay in Military and Political History, by John Karaagac
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from John McCain: An Essay, by John Karaagac (number of quotes indicated):
- Donald Trump (1)
- John Ashcroft (1)
- John McCain (29)
- Lyndon Johnson (1)
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
This is not a political biography but instead an academic study.
It's unclear to OnTheIssues.org what the difference is, since it reads just like a political biography.
In theory, the difference is that the author, an academic, reviews other literature and analyzes it, like a literary analyst instead of like a writer.
In practice, there's no difference.
Well, there is one difference -- the book's price is $87, which is only possible in the academic book world.
That cover price means no one will read this book except other academics and students who are required to purchase it for a class.
Since McCain lost, even that is unlikely.
That's too bad, because if this book were accessible to the public, a lot of people would enjoy it.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, November 2008
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
John McCain: Consistent conservative voting on free-market principles.
John McCain: 1987: 1st Senate committee was Indian affairs, crucial to AZ.
John McCain: Skilled chair of Senate Commerce Committee since 1997.
John McCain: 1980s: 1st House committee was water rights, crucial to AZ.
John McCain: 2000: Internationalist vision with populist caution.
John McCain: 2000: Theme "reformer & outsider" attacked as Senate insider.
John McCain: Early Congressional races included large war chests.
John McCain: McCain-Feingold reforms never appealed to GOP base.
John McCain: Reform focus endears him to many, but alienates GOP insiders.
John McCain: Reform was a lonely message in 2000.
John Ashcroft: Sole committee vote against 1998 McCain tobacco bill.
John McCain: 1998 tobacco bill attempted regulation via $1.10/pack tax.
John McCain: Focuses on issue-specific waste, not overall Pentagon reform.
Principles & Values|
John McCain: To understand McCain, understand grandfather Slew.
John McCain: Community of origin is the Navy, not a geographic community.
John McCain: Described himself as a "jock," but not exceptional.
John McCain: Temper usually directed at those higher; seldom at underling.
John McCain: From Hanoi to C.F.R., never chose path of least resistance.
John McCain: War injuries left him unable to raise arms above head.
John McCain: Won 1992 AZ House election as newcomer & confident war hero.
John McCain: 1990: McCain & Glenn exonerated in Keating 5 scandal.
John McCain: Identifies with Teddy Roosevelt, but only some reforms apply.
John McCain: Re-adjusted to civilian life after POW years: no "imbalance".
War & Peace|
Donald Trump: John McCain's actions in Vietnam were not "heroic".
John McCain: 1966: Part of no-win situation in Operation Rolling Thunder.
John McCain: 1967: Survived USS Forrestal fire that killed over 100.
John McCain: 1967: Shot down on first mission over central Hanoi.
John McCain: 1967: POW son of admiral was propaganda coup for N. Vietnam.
John McCain: 1967:Refused making propaganda film in exchange for medicine.
John McCain: 1968: Under torture, wrote coerced "confession".
John McCain: Silent about origins & necessity of Vietnam.
Lyndon Johnson: 1965-1968: Operation Rolling Thunder air campaign.
The above quotations are from John McCain
An Essay in Military and Political History, by John Karaagac.
Related books, debates, and candidates:
- Citizen McCain, by Elizabeth Drew
- Hard Call, by John McCain & Mark Salter
- Man of the People, by Paul Alexander
- Worth the Fighting for: A Memoir, by John McCain
- John McCain: An American Odyssey, by Robert Timberg
- An Essay in Military and Political History, by John Karaagac
- Why Courage Matters, by John McCain
- Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir, by John McCain
- Bill Bradley & McCain discuss Campaign Finance Reform
- McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch
- 1999-2000 Republican Primary debates:
GOP debate in Los Angeles, CA
(McCain's last debate)
|Bush on Bob Jones; McCain on "Iron Triangle";
Keyes on "Why I'm Here"
|March 2, 2000|
GOP Debate on the Larry King Show (without Bauer & Forbes)
||McCain on Bob Jones University's inter-racial dating ban: "Idiotic and cruel"
||Feb. 15, 2000|
Republican debate in Manchester, NH (without Hatch)
||Keyes & McCain: "Family conference" on abortion?
||Jan. 26, 2000|
Republican debate in Johnston, Iowa
||On Ten Commandments in schools;|
and on Family Farms
|Jan. 16, 2000|
Republican debate at Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI
||Bush: "I'm a tax-cutting person"|
Others on AIDS in Africa
|Jan. 10, 2000|
Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina
||On exporting US farm products;|
and on a tax-free Internet
|Jan. 7, 2000|
Republican debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham
||Bush:"Jesus is how I live my life"|
Others on gays in the military
|Jan. 6, 2000|
Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa
||On ethanol subsidies & HMO review
||Dec. 13, 1999|
Republican debate in Phoenix, Arizona
||Keyes: Campaign finance is "incumbency protection"; Others on China in WTO
||Dec. 7, 1999|
Republican debate in New Hampshire (with Bush)
||Bauer: "I canít imagine a senior citizen fearing my plan"; and others on Social Security
||Dec. 3, 1999|
Republican debate at Dartmouth University (without Bush)
||McCain:"Just say no" to drugs;|
Bauer:"Say no" to bureaucrats
|Oct. 29, 1999|