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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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Crippled America
How to Make America Great Again

by Donald J. Trump

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Click here for 28 full quotes from Donald Trump in the book Crippled America, by Donald J. Trump.
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Donald Trump's critics say he has no foreign policy experience, no domestic policy experience, and no serious policy stances at all. Trump's campaign theme--"I'll make America great"--implies that voters should simply trust that Trump can get it done, without Trump having to get his hands dirty with specifics.

This book demonstrates otherwise. Trump lays out specific policy choices, in his own inimitable style, with real specifics and real substance, and he elaborates on how he came to the conclusions he did. Will that quiet his critics? No, of course not; they'll simply assert a little louder "But he has no serious policy stances!" The louder the critics, the more serious voters should ignore them. Trump is very good at asserting things a little louder--he has a very loud megaphone as a presidential candidate--and Trump perhaps might get a little louder about the specifics rather than just the simplistic assertions. But Trump uses his presidential megaphone to push his own leadership skills, rather than his policy stances--he expects interested voters to read about the details elsewhere. "Elsewhere" includes this book. A sample of some specifics:

  • Opposed Iraq War in 2002, and also opposed Kuwait liberation in 1991 (p. 34)

  • Teachers unions weaken public schools (p. 55)

  • Federal government should reduce college loan rates to make zero profit (p. 58)

  • Global climate change is not caused by carbon emissions (p. 65)

  • Supports gender employment equality (p. 166)

What Trump's critics mean when they shout "he has no serious policy stances" is that "I disagree with his policy stances." Or perhaps "I disagree that someone like Trump should run for president." Or perhaps "Trump hasn't paid his dues in the Republican Party." Trump's critics should say what they mean--Trump certainly does--which is why Trump is more popular than his critics!

Unbiased observers might know that Trump has two previous policy books as well: The America We Deserve, written for the 2000 presidential race and Time to Get Tough, written for the 2012 presidential race. Biased observers ignored those book in 2000 and 2012, pretending that they didn't exist when Trump considered running for president in those races. And those same biased observers will ignore his new book in 2016. Say what you want about disagreeing with Trump's policies, but he DOES have policies!

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, January 2016
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry.
    Any business of any size will pay no more than 15% tax.
    Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system.
    Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets.
    No federal government profit from student loans.
Energy & Oil
    We have 2 trillion barrels of oil; enough for 283 years.
    Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers.
Families & Children
    Happiest people have great families & God in their lives.
Foreign Policy
    Opening gates to Syrian refugees invites in ISIS.
    Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance.
Free Trade
    Chinese are savvy businesspeople: our enemy who need us.
Government Reform
    Mutually profitable 2-way relationship with the media.
Gun Control
    Make concealed-carry permits valid across all states.
Health Care
    Insurance companies love a lack of competition.
Homeland Security
    Building up military is cheap when you consider alternative.
    VA is one of the most incompetently-run agencies.
    351,000 criminal illegal aliens in our prisons.
    Building 1,000-mile wall is possible, if we make commitment.
    Cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities.
    Teachers unions are obstacles to improving schools.
    Rebuilding America will create 13 million jobs.
Principles & Values
    I give people what they need and don't get: The Truth.
    Our flag represents equality, hope, fairness, & courage.
    I love God, and I love having a relationship with Him.
    Who in the world is offended by "Merry Christmas"?
    Crumbling infrastructure costs $200B in reduced productivity.
War & Peace
    We should have demanded a deal with Kuwait to liberate them.
    Blunder to announce withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan.

The above quotations are from Crippled America
How to Make America Great Again

by Donald J. Trump

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