Off The Shelf @ Your Library - 2016 presidential candidates


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System



Nothing brings out the biographers quite like a presidential election. With little more than a year until the 2016 decision, there are plenty of forthcoming books about the frontrunners, in addition to the ones already owned by Henry County libraries. There’s also still plenty of time to research the candidates and make an informed decision before the primaries. Some of the most recent titles are still on order, so check with your local branch for availability.

On the Democratic side, we have a number of titles by and about Hillary Clinton, including her most recent, Hard Choices (2014). Also available: The Secretary: a Journey with Hilary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas (2013), based on interviews with Clinton regarding her challenges as Secretary of State and her view of America’s future as a world leader.

From candidate and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig comes Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It. Their revised and updated version of his 2010 work details how special interests with deep pockets control Congress.

From author Jonathan Tasini we have The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America (2015). For all of Sanders’ positions straight from the horse’s mouth, check out Bernie Sanders in his Own Words: 250 Quotes from America’s Political Revolution-ary, compiled by Chamois Holschuh.

On the Republican side, Ben Carson was already a prolific writer prior to his candidacy. Henry County libraries own his original 1996 autobiography, Gifted Hands. Also in the collection by Carson: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering what Made this Nation Great (2012), Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence (1992), and One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future (2014). Carson is also profiled on a PBS Video DVD, African American Lives, available at the Fairview library. On order: A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties (2015).

From Ted Cruz: A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America (2015). Cruz’s autobiography includes family details such as his father’s detainment in a brutal Cuban prison and growing up as an immigrant’s son, plus an insider look at backroom deal-making in Washing-ton.

From Carly Fiorina, we have Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey (2015), which details how she overcame personal and professional obstacles to become a business leader.

Bobby Jindal’s American Will: the Forgotten Choices that Changed our Republic (2015) is a summary of his platform: smaller government, improved schools, empowerment for average Americans, and religious freedom.

In American Dreams: Restoring Economic Oppor-tunity for Everyone (2015) Marco Rubio argues that the American Dream that existed when his family immigrated to the US is on life support. He lays out his plan for economic recovery by creating a strong middle class.

From Donald Trump, we have Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again (2011), available at the McDonough and Fairview branches. On order: Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D’Antonio.

Also on order:

Rand Paul, Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.

Jeb Bush, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.

Coming in January: American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption by Matt Katz, and A Doctor in the House: My Life with Ben Carson by Candy Carson.