Emotions are running high, and so much is uncertain. This year, it’s especially important to stay informed. Fortunately, the library has excellent resources for you and your kids!
Books by and About the Candidates:
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
by Jonathan J. M. Allen The story of Hillary’s rebirth, after her career hit a low point in 2008 when she lost to Barack Obama. Since that time she rose to become Obama’s most important ally and an even more powerful politician, culminating in the democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s look at the choices and challenges she has faced is “a subtle, finely calibrated work…with succinct and often shrew appraisals of the complex web of political, economic, and historical forces in play around the world” (The New York Times)
In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! Ann Coulter believes that Trump has captured the spirit of the times . His views on trade, immigration, and foreign policy should be embraced, particularly by those in the working class who have had to contend with cheap foreign labor.
How to Make America Great Again Donald Trump outlines his plan for fixing “our failing economy”, reforming health care, rebuilding our military and “start winning wars – instead of watching our enemies take over”, and “how to immediately bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home.”
Neither Choice is Good!
The Year of Voting Dangerously
The Derangement of American Politics. Maureen Dowd argues that both candidates are unfavorable.
The Secret History of the Demoratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza.The author believes that, if Hillary is elected, the country will be run for the benefit of the Clintons, Obamas, and those in control in the Democratic party, to the detriment of everyone else. A New York Times bestseller.
Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. Clinton’s former campaign manager, who had a famous falling out with the Clintons, offers his advice on how to beat Hillary. He thinks her presidency will lead to corruption, and an increase in welfare programs. He is concerned with securing our borders, the threat from ISIS, and protecting the second amendment.
An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Power, and Money by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher. A team of investigative reporters from The Washington Post researched Trump’s life and business dealings from his childhood and family roots, his alleged dealings with organized crime and his controversial projects in cities throughout the world.
The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston. Johnston focuses on Trumps business practices, arguing that “while he presents himself as ‘a modern Midas,’ much of ‘what he touches’ has often turned ‘to dross’. Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting. He examines Mr. Trump’s taste for debt, what associates have described as his startling capacity for recklessness, multiple corporate bankruptcies, dealings with repute mobsters, and accusations of fraud.” The New York Times.
Books About Elections in General:
My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History by John Dickerson. The Face the Nation moderator and Slate columnist tells amusing stories from presidential campaigns throughout history and talks about incidents that were the downfall of many different campaigns.
From Whistlestop: YAHHHHHH! When Howard Dean screamed at the end of his Iowa caucus concession speech, the networks aired it over and over again. Some people thought the scream made him seem crazy.
Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump by Gary B. Trudeau
Books for Kids:
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman. This book is loaded with amusing cartoons and funny stories about past presidential campaigns. Here is an example:
When Stephen Douglas, Lincoln’s opponent in the 1858 bid for the Presidency, accused Lincoln of being two-faced Lincoln reportedly said, “If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?”
Books for kids about this year’s candidates:
- Who is Hillary Clinton? by Heather Alexander
- Hillary Clinton, A Woman Living History by Karen Blumental
- Hillary Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead by Michelle Markell
- Donald Trump: Profile of a Real Estate Tycoon by Simone Payment
Some of our other books for kids:
- Election Day by Mir Tamin Ansary
- A Kid’s Guide to the Voting Process by Tammy Gagne
- America Votes: How Our President is Elected by Linda Gramfield
- How Do Elections Work? by Leslie Harper
- Presidential Races: The Battle For Power in the United States by Arlene Morris-Lipsman
- The Election Profess in America by Just The Facts Learning Series
AND DON’T FORGET!
The North Castle library has access to The New York Times through our website.
In addition to the newspaper, the Times, has a special interactive election site with polling, fact-checking, campaign money, the candidates on the issues, articles, podcasts, and more! This is a wealth of information, all in one place.
Ideas for teachers:
We also have Time magazine, available on Flipster.