Throwing their books into the ring

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The lineup of potential presidential candidates is a mishmash of senators, governors, former big-city mayors and a retired four-star Army general.

But nearly all of them share one title: published author.

“You’re not a real candidate, Pinocchio, if you haven’t written your own book,” said Mark Halperin, the political director of ABC News. “If you know everybody else is doing a book, you’ve got to do a book.”

The crowded field of early candidates has created a traffic jam of titles, from the rags-to-riches memoir to the earnest political manifesto.

All of them could be called candidate lit...

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