A key piece for those who want to run for President of the United States is to make themselves known to the public. There are candidates that everyone already knows, others were known in Washington’s’ ‘ bubble’ circle and others who are unknown if we don’t consider their own communities. As different as they are, between under 40 years to over 80, all candidates published a book.

It’s the classic way of introducing themselves to the public. Some report their life experience, with impressive stories, military experience or even their day-to-day in Washington. Others defend their path in the community in which they live or simply use it as a way of professing their position on the ideological spectrum. Here are the books of the top Democrats who rushed to the party’s choice to try to defeat Donald Trump on November 3rd.


Joe Biden – Promise Me, Dad

Joe Biden has a long political career. He was one of the longest-lived senators in Congress (six consecutive terms of six years each). He ran for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008, losing both times in the primary – the first to Michael Dukakis, the second to Barack Obama, of whom he would become Vice President. There is little that the public does not already know of Joe Biden, but in this book, the narrative is more personal. Biden, who already has a history marked by tragedy after the death of his first wife and daughter in a road accident, in 2015 saw his son Beau die of brain cancer. In this book, Biden explains how he reacted and the factors that led him not to run in the Democratic primary in 2016, against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.


Bernie Sanders – Where We Go From Here

The experienced Senator from Vermont was the big surprise in the 2016 Democratic primary and led the race to the Convention, eventually giving in and leaving the nomination for Hillary Clinton. But the kind of support and supporters Bernie Sanders has managed to rally has led many to question his responsibilities in Donald Trump’s election in 2016. In this book, Bernie Sanders recounts his version of the events, recalls his work in Congress since 1991, and leaves a statement of intent about what he wants in each of the areas, from the health care system to climate change.


Elizabeth Warren – The fight is Our Fight

It has long been questioned whether Elizabeth Warren would finally run for President, especially after Hurricane Bernie went through the Democratic primary in 2016. The Massachusetts Senator turned out to be the first, of nearly three dozen candidates, to move forward on the race for the Democratic nomination. Elizabeth Warren, from a working-class family, began as a Republican and is now one of the most progressive elements of the Democratic party. In this book, she explains this path, as well as her struggles for the middle class and how she stood up against the power of the financial system after the Great Recession of 2008.


Pete Buttigieg – Shortest Way Home

It was one of the biggest surprises on the Democratic side for these primaries, but it seems he already had an established name. Still, under 40, Pete Buttigieg has already written a book where he recounts his path. Went through Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar, left a lucrative career in the private sector to take over the future of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana. He suspended his term as mayor to fight in the Afghan war and became the first admittedly homosexual candidate to run for a presidential primary.


Michael Bloomberg (with Carl Pope) – Climate of Hope

Michael Bloomberg is far from being unknown. Already in his 80s, the New York billionaire built an empire that makes him one of the richest men in the world. He was the one who took the reins of New York as mayor after 9/11 and continued there for three unprecedented terms. Since leaving public life, he has used his personal fortune to promote public health, safety and the fight against climate change, a challenge for which he offers some solutions in this book.


Amy Kloubachar – The Senator next Door

Amy Kloubachar is the first woman to be elected for the Senate by Minnesota, already on her third six-year term, without ever losing an election. But her political career in Washington was far from gaining national visibility until she entered these primaries. In this book, she tells the story of her father’s struggle with alcoholism, her parents’ divorce and how her daughter’s health problems led her into politics.