The US Election: Read All About It

November 4, 2012 | M. Elwood

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It seems to me that the US election has lasted forever but it should finally end on Tuesday with the election of either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.

If you're interested in learning more about the candidates, try these titles:

Amateur
Revival
Mitt romney own words
Real romney

Barack Obama

The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein
Reporter Klein's scathing indictment of the Obama presidency.
eAudiobook
eBook

Revival: the Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House by Richard Wolffe
The challenges, failures and successes of Obama's presidency are considered.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney in his Own Words
A collection of Romney’s quotes taken from speeches and interviews.

The Real Romney by Michael Kranish
A look at Romney's personal life and the experiences that have shaped his philosophy.

Toronto Public Library also has books written by each of the candidates:

Audacity of hope
Change we can believe in
No apology

By Obama:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Obama outlines his plans for changing American politics.
Audiobook
eAudiobook
Large Print

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America
Obama outlines some of the problems he sees in the United States.

By Romney:

No Apology: the Case for America's Greatness
Romney outlines his philosophy and plans for the United States.

If you'd like to read more about American election campaigns, this a sample of some of the books in the system:

08
Bandits
Final victory
Red state blue state
Too close

08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail by Michael Crowley
A diary of the 2008 election as a graphic novel format.

Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast and Ted Rall
An investigation into the extend of influence the very wealthy exert over American elections.

Final Victory: FDR's Extraordinary Campaign for President During World War II by Stanley Weintraub
In 1944, FDR won the White House for an unprecedented fourth term; Weintraub describes his final campaign against Thomas Dewey.

Red State Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way they Do
These essays by leading political scientists seek to explain American voting patterns.

Too Close to Call: the Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election by Jeffrey Toobin
Toobin documents the complicated path to the victory of George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.

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