Posted by Brad @ 1:57 am on September 6th 2008

Ron Paul: A Life Of Ideas

I almost forgot to plug my book.

Variant Press was kind enough to ask me to contribute to a Ron Paul biography. It’s a fairly unusual model for a biography, in that each chapter of Ron’s life is authored by a different “prominent writer/activist” who was involved in his campaign.

The authors include Christopher Horner, Karen Kwiatkowski, J. H. Huebert, Stephanie Murphy, and…me.

Don’t ask me why.

In any case, the publisher is Variant Press. And the book is described thusly:

The first biography of 11-term congressman and Internet phenomenon Dr. Ron Paul, this comprehensive volume includes never before published private interviews with Ron Paul, his wife, Carol, plus close friends and associates. Tracing the life of this self-made man through painstaking research, this book covers his formative years spent in Pennsylvania; his careers as an Air Force flight surgeon and, later, an obstetrician; and, finally, his political journey from U. S. Congressman to presidential contender. Known as “Dr. No” for his refusal to spend taxpayer money unnecessarily, Paul repeatedly overcame substantial opposition to become a nationally recognized political figure, grabbing the spotlight in American politics despite a media that was determined to ignore him. This compelling portrait also chronicles how Paul’s 2008 campaign broke several fundraising records through its innovative use of the Internet, culminating in a new movement for freedom.

You can order it at Amazon, or directly through the publisher.

It’s a small press book, but it was a really interesting exercise in how to write a biography. I guess I would have to call myself a freelance writer by trade by now, but I’d never really been involved in a “labor of love” kind of project before. We interviewed Ron and Carol Paul, Kent Snyder (RIP), Jesse Benton, and the usual gang, but we also made it a point to interview some prominent critics (I spoke a lot with Eric Dondero, for instance, and many of Ron’s Libertarian Party critics), and some outside the-box-sources (his old medical practice partner, colleagues, former campaign staffers, etc.). So the book, I’m fairly confident in saying, is certainly written by supporters, but it’s not a cheerleading exercise.

I haven’t read the entire thing yet, so I can’t vouch for the book in total, but I will say this: I’m pretty “read in” on the history and career of Ron Paul, and even I learned a helluva lot just in writing my own chapter. So I’m pretty certain there’ll be something there for everybody, from people looking for an introduction, to die-hard supporters.

Because I am a nobody, you won’t find my name on any of the online listings, but for the record, I was asked to write the chapter on Ron’s 1988 campaign for President as the Libertarian Party candidate. I was kind of honored to be tasked with such a big (I guarantee you my word count exceeds all others, heh) and pivotal chapter of Dr. Paul’s life.

And for the record I get no back end, so I’m not just saying that.

So, if you’re of a mind to, or if you’re looking to either learn about Ron Paul, or learn more, I’d suggest Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas.

But don’t take my word for it…

Well, yes. Take my word for it.


  1. Was it delayed? Variant’s site says “Coming September 1, 2008. Preorder your copy today.” Amazon is pre-order too with no ETA.

    Comment by Cameron — 9/6/2008 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Yeah, seems something’s held up.

    Comment by Brad — 9/6/2008 @ 10:36 pm

  3. So, when is your book signing tour going to hit Minneapolis? I demand an autographed copy!

    Comment by Dingle — 9/7/2008 @ 4:50 pm

  4. Yeah, seems something’s held up.

    I’m guessing the press wore out printing your chapter in the first copy.

    Comment by James — 9/8/2008 @ 10:46 am

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