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Paul Ryan's new book, The Way Forward, may just pave the way for a 2016 Presidential bid.
Paul Ryan's new book, The Way Forward, may just pave the way for a 2016 Presidential bid.
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It’s not an official book club, but there are a number of books on the shelves that can drive conservatives to vote in the mid-term (November 2014) election.

The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents, by Ronald Kessler. Another reveal-all behind the scenes book, this one gives an interesting glimpse into the lives of not only the Presidents, Vice-Presidents and their families, but also the world the Secret Service operates in. Called a “National Enquirer-Style gossip” book (by Media Matters), even if there are non-believers of the stories he relates, one must wonder if there is some truth when multiple sources claim identical treatment by those they protect and would give their lives for.

The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, by former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Released on August 19, 2014, his book is “part memoir, part analysis of today’s politics.” (WSJ). The Wisconsin Republican representative is taking his book tour on the road, including Colorado, pushing speculation about a run for the White House in 2016.

Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas by Edward Klein. Blood Feud is sensational, and critics say Klein doesn’t use sources, however, the author claims he is protecting them so he can continue to have a flow of information. Indeed, the First Amendment does protect his right, and sources don’t have to be named to be valid. Klein says every direct quote used is backed up by two sources (even though he may not name them). It’s a page turner, and is leading sales over Hillary Clinton’s latest book, Hard Choices.

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, by Ben Carson, M.D. One Nation is a simple book, written in an easy to understand format, with solutions for problems facing America. Those solutions are not directed at politicians, but rather, at Americans and what they can do to make America “One Nation” once again. Is this a step forward for a 2016 Presidential bid for Dr. Carson? If book sales are any indication, he’s ahead of Clinton in that run.

Hard Choices, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Perhaps an odd choice for conservatives, however, it’s always good to know what is going on behind the opposite side of the aisle. Hard Choices is not selling well, and many of her book tour dates were canceled, so it should be on sale at a store near you.

Happy reading.

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