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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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This Moment On Earth, by Teresa and John Kerry


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    from This Moment on Earth (number of quotes indicated):
  • John F. Kennedy (1)
  • John Kerry (8)
  • Olympia Snowe (1)
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book begs the question, "Why should I read this instead of Al Gore's book?" OnTheIssues can find no compelling reason why one would prefer Kerry's environmental analysis to Gore's Inconvenient Truth. Gore has been at it longer, is recognized as a leader in the field, and won an Oscar for the movie in 2007. One must assume that Kerry is attempting to position himself as the next Al Gore -- the next political environmentalist -- when Al Gore moves on to something else. But Kerry will need 20 years under his belt before he has Gore's authority on the subject. More importantly, Gore pushed the envelope on the issue -- putting his reputation at risk by predicting harsh consequences before they became obvious, and advocating a strong position before it became popular. Kerry's book does not push the envelope.

Kerry's style in this book is not advocacy, but more like presentation of the current situation. The book reads like a popularization of the issues. It's a good popularization--explaining complex issues with concrete examples, and explaining the historical background of the problem and the politics of the solution. And there's certainly room for more than one book on the politics of global warming. But Kerry's role as a leader is to advocate and push a solution, not just to explain the problem. Kerry does take positions in this book--but they're buried in the long explanations (we excerpt them, of course). And we catch ourselves in this criticism too, because popularizations are important -- and when a major Senate figure like Kerry does the explaining, perhaps more people are likely to read it.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, May 2007

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Energy & Oil
    John Kerry: Global Warming as “hoax” is funded by Big Oil & GOP.
    John Kerry: Legislation to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050.
    Olympia Snowe: Legislation to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050.
Environment
    John F. Kennedy: Investigated claims against DDT, which led to its ban.
    John Kerry: Minority communities more likely polluted than white areas.
    John Kerry: Live by "Precautionary Principle": first, do no harm.
    John Kerry: New environmentalists motivated by personal stewardship.
Homeland Security
    John Kerry: We must break our oil addiction to win War on Terror.
Technology
    John Kerry: Technological advances make environmental progress cheap.
    John Kerry: $3B in tax credits to spur hybrid vehicle development.


The above quotations are from This Moment On Earth, by Teresa and John Kerry.

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