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Learn More About the Presidential Candidates

November 11, 2015

With the 2016 presidential election less than a year away nearly 20 candidates are still left vying for the nation's top spot.

In addition to interviews and televised debates, another great resource for learning about the presidential hopefuls and where they stand on certain issues can be through their own written words. A vast majority of candidates in both of the major political parties have published books throughout the years, including memoirs, autobiographies, and manifestos on a host of topics, from healthcare to the economy.

Below is a non-comprehensive list, in alphabetical order, of some of the candidates' more recent books that can be checked out through the Marathon County Public Library, any of its branches, or through its OverDrive digital library. Any candidate not represented on this list either has yet to write a book or doesn't have a book available through MCPL at the time this blog was published.

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future by Ben Carson, M.D. (2014)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781595231123

Carson outlines his solutions to hot topics like health care, education, and tax policy, and shares anecdotes from his own life as a neurosurgeon as a means of addressing what he believes are the most pressing issues facing the nation.

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2014)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781476751443

The former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state shares her thoughts on the key moments during her time working as part of the Obama Administration, as well as her ideas for how the country can navigate the domestic and international challenges in the years to come.

A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America by Ted Cruz (2015)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9780062365613

Here, Cruz talks about his life, his political career (including his time as a Texas senator) and proposes revitalizing the government by returning to the core principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey by Carly Fiorina (2015)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781591848035
  
In this book, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina writes that politics, like business, is primarily about people and also highlights the lessons she’s learned from her personal and professional difficulties and successes.

God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy by Mike Huckabee (2015)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781250060990

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Fox News talk show host, explains his conservative faith-based values and expounds on his stances on issues like gun control, religion, same-sex marriage, and more.
 
Leadership and Crisis by Bobby Jindal, with Peter Schweizer and Curt Anderson (2010)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781596981584

Jindal, the current governor of Louisiana, talks about the federal government's role in both Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in addition to his thoughts on big government and American ideals.

Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul by John Kasich (2006)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9780446578417

Written before he became the current governor of Ohio, Kasich warns in his book about what he believes to be an erosion of moral values in America due to a lack of business ethics, religious intolerance, and ineffective elected officials.

Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds by Rand Paul (2012)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781455522750

A U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Paul asserts in his book that everyday Americans are being abused and taken advantage of via thousands of unconstitutional laws and regulations and suggests lower taxes and smaller government as two possible remedies.

American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone by Marco Rubio (2015)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781595231130

The 43 year-old Florida senator uses a mix of autobiographical stories and the experiences of everyday citizens to talk about social and governmental issues, such as tax reform, as well as his plan for economic restoration.

The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class by Bernie Sanders (2011)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781568586847

This book presents a written copy of the Vermont senator's' entire eight and a half-hour speech from December 10, 2010, during which he urged the American middle class to become more organized and informed in an effort to take on the special interests in Washington.

Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works by Rick Santorum (2014)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781621572398

In this book Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, writes about his thoughts on the Republican party and its connection to blue collar voters.

Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again by Donald Trump (2011)
To place a hold or check on availability, click here: http://mcpl.us?i=9781596987739

Real estate developer and media personality Trump talks here about his opinion of the Obama administration as well as his thoughts on issues like jobs, illegal immigration, international trade and the national debt.
 
A sampling of additional books by the candidates available through MCPL:
“A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties” by Ben Carson, M.D. (2015)
“Living History” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
“A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington and a Trillion That We Don't” by Mike Huckabee (2011)
“The Tea Party Goes to Washington” by Rand Paul (2011)
“An American Son: A Memoir” by Marco Rubio (2012)
“Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” by Donald Trump (2015)



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