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)
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by Carly Fiorina
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from Tough Choices, by Carly Fiorina (number of quotes indicated):
- Carly Fiorina (22)
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
Carly Fiorina is running for president, but this was her only autobiography at the time she announced (she released a new book, "Rising to the Challenge", on her announcement date of May 5, 2015). So even though this is a business book, we read it as a political book, looking for insight into Carly's political philosophy or aspects of her personal background that might illuminate her presidential run. Alas, this really is a business book -- she certainly did not plan to run for president at the time it was written (2007). But we hoped that she would include some politics, since she WAS planning at that time to run for Senate (Fiorina was the Republican nominee for Senate in 2010 against Barbara Boxer; Carly won the primary easily, but lost the general election 52% to 42%).
We can't say this is a particularly interesting business book -- Carly is way too obsessed with having been labeled a "top woman CEO" as opposed to a "top CEO." That theme so dominates her rise to top leadership that it overshadows just about everything else that she might say. We did manage to cull out SOME politically relevant material -- but mostly we culled out Carly's business philosophy instead of her political philosophy. We found ourselves making a list of "Carly's Rules for Business Leadership" -- which SHE did not do in this book, but SHOULD have! -- which we attempt to encapsulate in a dozen one-liners. We include the page references so that perhaps Carly can make up a more formal write-up herself:
This book represents the "real" Carly -- not written for the purpose of her presidential campaign. Carly fans will want to read it to understand their candidate better. But you'd better like high-tech business stories, or you'll fall asleep every dozen pages!
Carly's Dozen Rules for Business Leadership
- p. 24: People say of great leaders, "we did it ourselves"
- p. 47: To truly understand something, explain it to someone else
- p. 52: Persuade by knowing the facts, not by power and position
- p. 73: Watch people to see their feelings, rather than listening to their words
- p. 93: In a complex organization, change takes time
- p. 97: Simplify complexity so people can understand & deal with it
- p.101: We need purpose to motivate us, and confidence to move us forward
- p.113: If things are working, people don't need a leader's help
- p.115: Change takes a critical mass, not 100% support
- p.165: Strike balance between preservation and reinvention
- p.167: When a leader hears "we can't," more conversation is required
- p.202: Change is not bad; change is necessary
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, June 2015
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Carly Fiorina: 1976: Worked with monogamous gay couples in college.
Carly Fiorina: Hired by AT&T after court ordered them to promote more women.
Carly Fiorina: Favorite business author: philosopher Friedrich Hegel.
Carly Fiorina: If things are working, people don't need a leader's help.
Carly Fiorina: Change takes a critical mass, not 100% support.
Carly Fiorina: Employees, customers, shareholders, public: all one audience.
Carly Fiorina: Named "Most Powerful Businesswoman", but lists are bad idea.
Carly Fiorina: Strike balance between preservation and reinvention.
Carly Fiorina: Leaders are made, not born: so develop them.
Carly Fiorina: Education crisis:we're behind on teaching skills & character.
Carly Fiorina: Dropped out of UCLA Law School at age 22.
Carly Fiorina: To truly understand something, explain it to someone else.
Families & Children|
Carly Fiorina: Marriage no longer worked after she became husband's peer.
Carly Fiorina: Attended grade school in U.S., England, and Africa.
Carly Fiorina: In Africa, experienced being only white person in the room.
Carly Fiorina: 1977: Taught English to Italian businessmen in Bologna.
Carly Fiorina: Traveled extensively to learn international opportunities.
Carly Fiorina: In a complex organization, change takes time.
Carly Fiorina: Change is not bad; change is necessary.
Principles & Values|
Carly Fiorina: Great leaders inspire others to do it themselves.
Carly Fiorina: We need purpose to motivate us & confidence to move forward.
Carly Fiorina: Simplify complexity so people can understand & deal with it.
The above quotations are from Tough Choices
by Carly Fiorina.
2016 Presidential debates
- Third Presidential debate Oct. 19, 2016
- Second Presidential debate Oct. 9, 2016
- Vice Presidential debate Oct. 4, 2016
- First Presidential debate Sept. 26, 2016
Recent books by Primary contenders:
- Crippled America, by Donald J. Trump
- Outsider in the White House, by Bernie Sanders
- Never Enough: Trump and the Pursuit of Success, by Michael D'Antonio
- Excerpts from FeelTheBern.org, grassroots presidential campaign website
- Playing Bigger, Intro by Bernie Sanders
- Milk Money, Intro by Bernie Sanders
- American Dynasty: The House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips
- Bella's Gift, by Sen. Rick Santorum (R, PA)
- One Nation, by Ben Carson (R, MD)
- American Dreams, by Sen. Marco Rubio (R, FL)
- God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, by Gov. Mike Huckabee (R, AR)
- Think Like a Champion, by CEO Donald Trump (R, NY)
- Tough Choices, by CEO Carly Fiorina (R, CA)
- Blue Collar Conservatives, by Sen. Rick Santorum (R, PA)
- The Way Forward, by Rep. Paul Ryan (R, WI)
- Unintimidated, by Gov. Scott Walker (R, WI)
- Outsider in the House, by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, VT)
- A Fighting Chance, by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, MA)
- The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Senator Rand Paul (R,KY)
- All Things Possible, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D, NY)
- Take the Risk, by Dr. Ben Carson (R, MD)
- American Enterprise Institute columns, by Amb. John Bolton
- Obama is Endangering our Sovereignty, by John Bolton
- Surrender is Not an Option, by John Bolton
- The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Sen. Rand Paul
- Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power
- Teachers Under Attack, biography of Chris Christie
- The Jersey Sting, biography of Chris Christie
- Young Guns, by Rep. Paul Ryan
- What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?, by Marianne Schnall
- A More Perfect Unison, by Dr. Ben Carson
- One Vote, by Dr. Ben Carson
- In Harms Way, by Jill Stein
- Quotations from Speaker Newt, by Newt Gingrich
- The Two-Income Trap, by Elizabeth Warren