New York Sen. Hillary Clinton
- Living History, Simon & Schuster, 2003
- It Takes a Village, Simon & Schuster, 1996
- Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember (with Mark Salter), Random House, 2005
- Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them (with Mark Salter), Twelve, 2007
- Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life (with Mark Salter), Random House, 2004
- Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir (with Mark Salter), Random House, 2002
- Faith of My Fathers (with Mark Salter), Random House, 1999
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama
- The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Crown Publishers, 2006
- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Times Books, 1995
Here's a competition for you: three best-selling authors, each responsible for a memoir, and each having wrestled on the printed page with such issues as identity, social responsibility, hope and heroism. It is not the Book of the Month Club selection meeting; it is the 2008 presidential primary season.
Sens. John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have written at least nine books among them, and more often than not, they've been bestsellers.
All of the books offer some insight into the senators' lives, but that's thousands of pages for the average reader to get through.
Robert Siegel talks with political analysts Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post and Jacob Weisberg of Slate magazine — who have read the books — for a little help in sorting them out.