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Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
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Young Guns
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The Path to Prosperity
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Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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The New War
The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security,
by John Kerry

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

I'd like to say this is another in Kerry's series of annoyingly didactic books, which he wrote as the means for his own learning of the subject, and to establish his credentials for a future presidential run. While that might be true, it's also true that Kerry made some predictions in this book that society would have been well-advised to listen to.

His focus on terrorism several years before 9/11 was prescient. Fighting terrorism in 1998 was not popular, not politically astute, and not seen as a meaningful problem. Kerry called that one right--and this book details it. Why Kerry did not point this out repeatedly during his presidential campaign is a mystery--it would have made him look like a genius compared to Bush.

Kerry's thesis here is that international crime--as defined by drugs, terrorism, and smuggling, plus the international infrastructure to support them--is a serious and growing problem. The international criminals use increasingly sophisticated tools in a world-wide network, and the civilized nations need to counter them with similar tools.

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

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Politicians use “crime” as codeword for “race”.
    Transnational crime is a national security threat.
    Organized transnational crime threatens America.
    Colombia is entirely criminalized by drug cartels.
    Cali cocaine cartel can't coexist with democracy in Colombia.
Foreign Policy
    3rd World's BCCI: "Bank of Crooks & Criminals International".
    Support progressive Russian leaders but fight Russia's mafia.
    China's system is based on corruption, not Communism.
    Support Colombia's democracy against drug crime.
Free Trade
    Crime got globalized along with all other globalizations.
    Only multilateral actions will pressure China on free trade.
Homeland Security
    China sells nuclear technology to America's enemies.
    Stop terrorism by focusing on banks, computers & weapons.

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The above quotations are from The New War
The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security,
by John Kerry.

OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

Ok, I excerpted this book but I sure did not like it. Here were some of my proposed back-cover blurbs, from different perspectives, while reading it:

  • Alan as a Democrat: "Fearmongering worthy of a Republican!"
  • Alan as a citizen of the world: "You'll never want to visit Europe, China, or the world, ever again!"
  • Alan as a 43-year-old survivor (so far, but BARELY, according to this book): "I can't believe I've survived in such a dangerous world this long!"
  • Alan as a progressive activist: "I hope this crap works in Iowa, because none of Kerry's constituents in Massachusetts believe a word of it!"

-- Alan K. Jansen, OnTheIssues staff, July 29, 2003

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