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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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EXPLANATORY NOTE by analyses the veracity of statements made during political races. summarizes two sets of analyses:
1. From presidential debates
2. From presidential TV & radio advertisements

Following is the self-description of how works:

    [ is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

    The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

    The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.

-- Jesse Gordon,, November 2007 excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: AR violent crime rate increased under Huckabee.
Free Trade
    Ron Paul: FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it’s I-35.
Government Reform
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, more legislation & sponsorships than Obama.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: My plan costs $2,500 less per family than Clinton’s.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Unclear if Obama’s plan costs less than Clinton’s.
    Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: My plan costs $1,700 less per person than Obama’s.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: “$1,700 less than Obama plan” misinterprets study.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, Hillary’s plan might include wage garnishing.
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn’t make sense.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Hillary’s plan does mandate; but so does Obama’s.
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE.
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: Don’t make it illegal not to have health care.
Homeland Security
    Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: “Ready” with executive experience in crises.
Principles & Values
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Did not say “I will stand with the Muslims”.
    Sarah Palin: Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens.
Tax Reform
    Ron Paul: AdWatch: Taxpayer’s best friend: never supported an increase.
    Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: cut taxes for the middle class.
    Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase.
    Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”.
    Mitt Romney: AdWatch: More change in next 10 years than in 10 centuries.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Ludicrous exaggeration to compare 10 centuries.

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