The contentious presidential primary campaign season is entering its endgame, and publishers have books on the nominees-apparent ready to release throughout the general election and into early 2017. Most are about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump--a mix of attacks, exposés and straightforward reporting.
Bernie Sanders, in an echo of his primary campaign, has the fewest titles but the most grassroots fans. Independent booksellers have catapulted Bernie by Ted Rall (Seven Stories Press) to the New York Times bestseller list. Rall, a political cartoonist and opinion columnist, presents Sanders's early life and lengthy political career in a biography in graphic novel form. He did the same for Edward Snowden in 2015's Snowden and promises the same treatment in Trump: A Graphic Biography, coming July 19, during the Republican National Convention.
Here follows a partial poll of upcoming Clinton and Trump biographies and broadsides, organized by candidate and pub date:
The Global Hillary: Women's Political Leadership in Cultural Contexts, edited by Dinesh Sharma (Routledge, June 5), part of the Leadership: Research and Practice series, is a collection of critical essays examining Clinton's "smart power" leadership style, with a focus on her advocacy for international women's rights and the spread of democracy. The cover shows Clinton in the famous Situation Room photo taken during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency by Doug Henwood (Seven Stories Press, June 7) depicts Hillary giving a Dirty Harry-style stare down the barrel of a revolver on its cover, and claims Clinton's campaign promises carry little weight considering her long history of flip-flopping, hawkishness and embrace of the status quo. Henwood is a contributing editor at the Nation and author of Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom.
False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, edited by Liza Featherstone (Verso, June 14), is a collection of essays from feminist writers arguing that, despite the embrace of Clinton by many mainstream feminists, she has a record of causing economic and social harm to woman and children in the U.S. and around the world.
Hillary's America by Dinesh D'Souza (Regnery, July 25), the bestselling author of Stealing America and Obama's America, offers an unflattering imagining of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History by Russell L. Riley (Oxford University Press, September 29), part of the Oxford Oral History Series, gives an oral history of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, among other President Bill Clinton moments, using 400 hours of interviews. More relevant for 2016 are the roles played by First Lady Hillary Clinton during her husband's presidency, like spearheading the Health Security Act of 1993.
The Making of Hillary Clinton: The White House Years by Robert McNeely (University of Texas Press, January 3, 2017), part of the Focus on American History Series, includes 100 previously unpublished photographs chronicling the rise of Hillary Clinton as a policymaking First Lady, with an introduction by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. By the time The Making of Hillary Clinton is published, she may very well be president-elect.
TIME Donald Trump: The Rise of a Rule Breaker by the editors of Time (Time, April 29) is a 96-page special edition of the magazine chronicling the candidate's early days in real estate, his political rise and who his supporters are.
Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James (Doubleday, May 3) brings the penetrating insights from the author's 2012 work, Assholes: A Theory, to bear on Trump. The book's flippant title belies the author's serious sociological chops--he has a Ph.D. from Harvard and is the chair of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.
The Truth About Trump by Michael D'Antonio (Thomas Dunne, May 31) is an updated and re-titled paperback release of 2015's Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, now with a more ominous picture of Trump on the cover.
Trump and Me by Mark Singer (Tim Duggan, July 5) comes from a New Yorker writer whose scathing 1996 profile of the real estate mogul created lasting animosity between the two. Singer calls Trump's campaign "performance art," among other accusations.
A Child's First Book of Trump by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Simon & Schuster, July 5) is a parody picture book for children and their baffled parents, with a Dr. Seussian creature on its cover and similar lyrics inside ("The beasty is called an American Trump. Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump. Its fur so complex you might get enveloped. Its hands though are, sadly, underdeveloped."). Michael Ian Black is a bestselling author, comedian, actor and TV/screen writer.
Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (Scribner, August 23) is a biography based on the reporting work of two dozen Washington Post journalists, including co-authors Michael Kranish, an investigative political reporter, and senior editor Marc Fisher. This paper-wide production is headed by executive editor Martin Baron, who, in 2013, moved to the Post from the Boston Globe, where he oversaw the Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight team that revealed sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, the subject of the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight. --Tobias Mutter