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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
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)

Book Reviews

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I`ll Be Short
Essentials for a Decent Working Society

by Robert Reich

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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book was written as a summary of Reich's issue positions, in preparation for his gubernatorial run in 2002. Hence it's intended as a series of brief vignettes (the cute title is a double entendre because Reich is famously very short). It covers many of his big ideas and key concepts that he has covered in more detail in his many other books, including:

  • p. 8: Centrist Democrats cause a "Dead Party"
  • p. 11: The "Pronoun Test": when people care about an organization, they say "we" instead of "they".
  • p. 11-4: The "social contract" in full-throated glory: anti-corporate; pro-social insurance; and pro-public education.
  • p. 28: Consider companies from perspective of shareholder AND citizen (this piece was published previously).
  • p. 90ff: "The Day I Became A Feminist" (which became the most popular page on his gubernatorial website)
  • p. 33-6: Market Patriotism (a new piece in response to Bush's post-9-11 call for "going shopping")
  • p. 37: An anti-Enron diatribe (another new piece, on a then-timely news topic)
  • p. 58: Replace wealth redistribution with capital redistribution (one final new piece).
  • p. 21: Overall solution: "reknitting of social fabric" from where the threads are (what today we'd call "the 99%").
If you'd like an introduction to Reich's writing, this is the perfect book.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, July 2012

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Robert Reich: Fiscal prudence over market patriotism, even post-9-11.
    George W. Bush: Eliminate the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax.
    Robert Reich: Post-9-11: Help out-of-work staff instead of airline bailout.
    Robert Reich: Stop companies from pursuing profits that hurt public.
    Robert Reich: Public higher education is waning under budget constraints.
    Robert Reich: Let any school enroll poor kids and funds that go with them.
    Robert Reich: Progressive vouchers: more resources for poorer kids.
    Robert Reich: One big high-stakes test seems grossly unfair.
    Robert Reich: Universal high-quality K-14 education; expand from K-12.
Families & Children
    Robert Reich: Paid leave to care for child or elderly relative.
Free Trade
    Robert Reich: Stockpile vital materials rather than subsidizing industries.
    Robert Reich: Family-friendly workplaces can help the bottom line.
    Robert Reich: We shut down sweatshops by publicizing them.
    Robert Reich: Raise the minimum wage to $7 and then index to inflation.
Social Security
    Bill Clinton: Universal Savings Accounts: tax credits for private savings.
    Bob Kerrey: Kid Save: $1,000 nest egg savings account to every newborn.
    Paul O`Neill: Questions why the government should provide Social Security.
Welfare & Poverty
    Robert Reich: Entire idea of social insurance is under attack.
    Robert Reich: Give the bottom half a capital share in America's prosperity.
    Robert Reich: Redistribute capital instead of redistributing income.
    Robert Reich: Redistribute capital instead of redistributing income.

The above quotations are from I`ll Be Short
Essentials for a Decent Working Society

by Robert Reich

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