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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Our Revolution
A Future to Believe In

by Bernie Sanders

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    This book is a detailed analysis by Sanders of both his 2016 primary campaign and what he feels are the issues affecting our government today. It is well researched and backed up with a multitude of facts.

    He begins with stating how his 2016 campaign, while not ending in victory, did result in an astounding movement of the young millennials to the left. Sanders was no longer a "fringe" candidate, he had woken up people and got them excited and in turn made the pundits look out of focus.

    A brief history of Bernie Sanders for those who may not be familiar with him. He became interested in politics at a young age and joined several off campus organizations while attending the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Young People's Socialist League, the Student Peace Union as well as the Congress of Racial Equality. With his appetite wetted for more political challenges he became elected independent mayor of Burlington, Vt., a position he held for 4 terms (1981 -89). As a mayor he was always pushing for more progressive programs to further his state and was quite successful in doing so.

    Sanders went on to become an independent U. S. Representative from Vermont from 1991 2007 and then an independent U.S. Senator from Vermont from 2007 to the present.

    As a candidate in the 2016 primary race Sanders ran on a platform of reforms needed to build up both the economy and the middle and lower class at the same time. Here is an abbreviated top 10 list of his thoughts on what we should be fighting for, what stands in its way, and some of his solutions:

    1. Stop the trade agreements that are sending American jobs overseas and crushing our own economy. (p. 103)
    2. There is a grotesque inequality of wealth He says there is something profoundly wrong when the top 1/10th of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. (p. 120)
    3. Minimum wage needs to be raised to $15/hour Sanders feels the minimum wage needs to become a living wage. We need to move tens of millions of working adults out of poverty. (p. 123)
    4. Gun control needs to be fixed This country needs stricter background checks that must be enforced. The gun show loophole must be closed and no more "straw man" purchases. (p. 157)
    5. We need to develop new technologies in clean energy that would also create new, better paying jobs This would make our country more efficient, productive and safe and would effectively help us in combating climate change as well. (p. 251)
    6. Stop the corporate tax dodging Sanders feels strongly that we must stop corporations from hiding profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens. If these corporations are going to take America's benefits they must pay their fair share of taxes as well. (p. 273)
    7. Healthcare for all at affordable prices - He wants to institute a Medicare for all single payer system. He firmly believes that healthcare is not a commodity, it is a human right. (p. 334)
    8. Public colleges and universities should be tuition free If America is to succeed in the highly competitive global economy we need the best educated workforce in the world. (p. 348-349)
    9. We need immigration reform America needs a system that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. (p. 390)
    10. We must breakup the media monopolies Today six corporations control 90% of what we see, hear and read and those decisions are being pushed by the top 1%. (p. 438)

    Is Sander's book biased? The honest answer is yes. If you are a hard core right wing conservative who is benefiting from the inequalities that he painstakingly points out, issue by issue in this book, you will not appreciate what Sanders is revealing here. If you are a liberal/progressive you will find his book in tune with most or all of your principles. This book may even find you wondering "why didn't he win?"

    The book is primarily written to point out the injustices we currently suffer from in this country if you are middle or lower class. Sanders has listed many solutions but also realizes they all face uphill battles. These types of changes come slowly, in the face of well funded opposition. The people and institutions that benefit from the status quo will fight hard and long against any policy changes. This is where Sanders holds his greatest hope for America's future. His book is a must read, eye opener for those that crave and need change. Only their voices, votes, energy and actions can bring about real change. America needs this in numbers so large that the opposition is forced to listen. Sanders knows the best hope for America is in its youth and in those determined to bring about the changes that will make America stronger and healthier, an America that is working for all it's citizens and is not consumed with selfish greed.

    His campaign has passed. Hillary Clinton carried the democratic primary and we all know the outcome of that. Sanders continues his good fight today back in the Senate. His book's messages are just as timely today as when he wrote them in 2016. Everyone can learn from this book. Even if you're not a liberal or a progressive you should still be concerned with the many facts, issues and inequalities he points out. Sanders may have his detractors but no one can say he doesn't come prepared. Sanders did his homework.

    -- Mary Ellen Quinn, December 2017

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Bernie Sanders: 2008 Crash's foreclosures brought about by deregulation.
Civil Rights
    Bernie Sanders: 1960s U. Chicago Congress of Racial Equality member.
    Bernie Sanders: Empower Native Americans to make up for abrogated treaties.
    Bernie Sanders: DOMA was homophobic even in 1996.
    Bernie Sanders: End corporate tax dodging by shifting profits overseas.
    Bernie Sanders: Too-Big-to-Fail means taxpayers insure megabanks.
    Bernie Sanders: Reform credit-rating agencies by separating from Wall Street.
    Bernie Sanders: Corporate Media threatens our democracy.
    Bernie Sanders: A few giant corporations own the media.
    Bernie Sanders: It is time to break up largest financial institutions.
    Bernie Sanders: Rigged economy makes America like a Banana Republic.
    Brian Schatz: End corporate tax dodging by shifting profits overseas.
    Jan Schakowsky: End corporate tax dodging by shifting profits overseas.
    Bernie Sanders: Real criminal justice/police reform also combats racism.
    Bernie Sanders: End the death penalty, like all other advanced countries.
    Bernie Sanders: New model for police training de-escalating lethal force.
    Bernie Sanders: How justice system treats blacks is a national disgrace.
    Bernie Sanders: Black Lives Matter points out police brutality.
    Bernie Sanders: We must end the "War on drugs".
    Bernie Sanders: Opioid treatment instead of locking them up.
    Bernie Sanders: Revolution needed in child-care and preschool jobs.
    Bernie Sanders: College for All: $2 federal match for every state $1.
    David Koch: Government schools indoctrinate children.
Energy & Oil
    Bernie Sanders: Cut carbon 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
    Bernie Sanders: Job training for transition to green energy.
    Bernie Sanders: 2015 & 2016 were hottest years on record: debate is over.
    Bernie Sanders: Massive and sustained investment in sustainable energy.
    Bernie Sanders: Pushed energy efficiency block grants.
    Bernie Sanders: Inexpensive Venezuelan oil donated to low-income Vermonters.
Families & Children
    Bernie Sanders: American workers need a vacation.
    Bernie Sanders: Affordable housing underlies jobs, and child development.
    Bernie Sanders: Real family values: time with newborn and sick relatives.
Free Trade
    Bernie Sanders: Corporate greed drives business abroad.
    Bernie Sanders: American jobs must no longer be our number one export.
    Marcy Kaptur: Demand trade agreements that work for the American worker.
Government Reform
    Bernie Sanders: Wall Street regulates Congress; do it the other way around.
    Bernie Sanders: Allow Post Offices to offer banking services.
    Bernie Sanders: End private prisons; end profit of incarceration.
    Bernie Sanders: Ruling class wants a lack of political consciousness.
    Bernie Sanders: SuperPACs: manifestation of everything wrong with politics.
    Bernie Sanders: Participation in politics as easy and convenient as possible.
    Bernie Sanders: Automatic voter registration at age 18.
    David Koch: Abolish the despotic Federal Election Commission.
    Democratic Party: OpEd: Voter ID reduces Dem turnout by 8% and GOP by 3%.
    Jimmy Carter: Unlimited money in politics violates essence of America.
    Republican Party: OpEd: Voter ID reduces Dem turnout by 8% and GOP by 3%.
Gun Control
    Bernie Sanders: Intervene with mental illness, to prevent mass shootings.
Health Care
    Bernie Sanders: Focus healthcare on health instead of profits.
    Bernie Sanders: Don't ignore prescription drug affordability.
    Bernie Sanders: Lack of affordable dental care is part of healthcare crisis.
    Bernie Sanders: Mental Health: people need more affordable treatments.
    Bernie Sanders: Federally-run single-payer program with mental/dental.
    Bernie Sanders: 1999: Took Vermonters to Canada for low-cost Rx drugs.
    Bernie Sanders: Real issue is healthcare at all, for rural poor.
    David Koch: No tax-supported health services, including Medicare.
Homeland Security
    Bernie Sanders: Spending on military means fewer resources for people.
    Bernie Sanders: Care for our veterans, even if we disagree about wars.
    Bernie Sanders: A job is more than income; it's how we relate to the world.
    Bernie Sanders: Establish worker-owned cooperatives to counter corporations.
    Bernie Sanders: Middle-class wages have been in a 40-year decline.
    Bernie Sanders: $15 minimum wage, plus pay equity for women.
    Bernie Sanders: Minimum wage increase most helps minority workers.
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: 2016 campaign moved a generation of Millennials to the left.
    Bernie Sanders: 1981: elected as independent mayor of Burlington.
    Bernie Sanders: Greatness about how we treat most vulnerable, not wealth.
    Bernie Sanders: Our political revolution must continue.
    Bernie Sanders: Brother elected in England as Green Party member.
    David Koch: OpEd: Millions spent shows the importance of politics.
    David Koch: OpEd:1980 Libertarian platform has become GOP standard.
    Hillary Clinton: OpEd: "Clinton Inc" fundraisers couldn't fight establishment.
    Rev. Jesse Jackson: OpEd: Rainbow Coalition played transformative role.
Social Security
    Bernie Sanders: We have to do better on both SSDI and elder poverty.
    Bernie Sanders: I helped create the Social Security Caucus.
Tax Reform
    Bernie Sanders: Tax code is rigged to favor top 2% of billionaires.
    Bernie Sanders: 0.1% tax on Wall Street speculation.
    Bernie Sanders: 1980s: progressive property tax, plus Meals & Rooms tax.
    Bernie Sanders: Drinking water infrastructure coming to end of useful life.
    Bernie Sanders: We have significantly underfunded Infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Bernie Sanders: 1990: Tried to stop Bush's driving Saddam out of Kuwait.
    Bernie Sanders: Iraq War: worst foreign policy blunder in modern history.
    Bernie Sanders: Economic sanctions could have driven Saddam out of Kuwait.
    Tulsi Gabbard: Iraq was a war we never should have gotten into.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bernie Sanders: Burlington Community Land Trust for affordable housing.
    Bernie Sanders: Grotesque inequality is unsustainable and immoral.
    Bernie Sanders: Senior poverty AND childhood poverty are increasing.

The above quotations are from Our Revolution
A Future to Believe In

by Bernie Sanders

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