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Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, Nimble Books

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This is one of those quick-publication books, published by the owner of the aptly-named "Nimble Books." Perhaps several more editions will come out during the course of the election. It's an easy book to write because it has a structural formula: A "conventional wisdom" quip about Obama on top of the page, with a citation or explanation elaborating on the quip. Then a list of "Pro" and "Con" arguments about Obama's stance on the issue, as illustrated by the quip.

It's an easy-to-write formula, and an easy-to-read one too. It's nicely suited to the type of people who read We hope Nimble Books succeeds with this book and publishes a dozen more like it.

-- Jesse Gordon, [email protected], May 2007

Click here for 12 full quotes from Barack Obama in the book Should Barack Obama Be President?.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Civil Rights
   Supports health benefits for gay civil partners.
   Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world.
Energy & Oil
   Wants Detroit to build more hybrids & use more ethanol.
Foreign Policy
   Visited Africa in 2006; encouraged HIV testing & research.
   Focus on corruption to improve African development.
   Supports Israel's self-defense; but distrusted by Israelis.
Government Reform
   Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet.
Homeland Security
   Need to be both strong and smart on national defense.
Principles & Values
   Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him "Barry".
   Candidacy taken seriously despite his race or because of it?.
   Convention speech understood country yearns for unity.
   Portrayed as a multiplier instead of a divider.

The above quotations are from Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, Nimble Books.

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