George Bush: "Looking Forward," written by Vic Gold, is the first full-fledged book by or about the man. As the 1988 candidates go, however, Bush's literary profile is high; his career has been well chronicled in any number of books about the 1980 and 1984 election seasons and the Reagan administration.
Bob Dole: Along with the Doles' forthcoming joint autobiography, written by Richard Norton Smith, there will be "Bob Dole: American Phoenix," by the senator's former Capitol Hill aide, Stanley Hilton. Bernard Shir-Cliff, Hilton's editor at Contemporary Books, declared to Publishers Weekly that the book was "an in-depth portrait of a lifelong loner, a man of deep distrusts and savage ambition ..."
Jack Kemp: No 1988 campaign book, though the candidate outlined his "strategy for the 1980s" in "An American Renaissance" (1979) and collected his speeches in "The American Idea" (1984). The Kemp campaign toyed with the idea of commissioning a biography for the 1988 campaign, but when a major New York publisher looked over a sample chapter and decided to pass on the opportunity, the idea was dropped.
Pat Robertson: Harper & Row soon will publish, through its religious imprint, "Pat Robertson: A Personal, Political and Religious Portrait" by historian David Edwin Harrell, a just-this-side-of-scholarly examination of the candidate's theological evolution and its implications for his politics. Robertson's 1972 autobiography, "Shout It From the Housetops," has already caused the candidate embarrassment; a new version of the book, issued for his presidential campaign purposes last year, carefully omits a passage in the original in which God tells Robertson to stay out of politics. Robertson is also the author of "Answers to 200 of Life's Most Probing Questions."
Alexander Haig: No campaign book, but there is a 1984 memoir, "Caveat," chiefly about the candidate's stormy tenure as secretary of state, and a 1982 Roger Morris biography, "The General's Progress."
Pierre S. du Pont IV: A name to be reckoned with, but no 1988 book.
Michael Dukakis: Richard Gaines and Michael Segal of the Boston Phoenix have published the first unauthorized biography of the candidate, "Dukakis and the Reform Impulse" (Quinlan Press). "Dukakis: An American Odyssey," by Robert Turner and Charles Kenney of The Boston Globe, will appear around Super Tuesday. The Dukakis autobiography, written with Rosabeth Moss Kantor, will follow.
Jesse Jackson: The candidate's autobiography, "A Time to Speak," is still scheduled for February publication by Simon and Schuster, but Frank Watkins, Jackson's communications director, said last week "he's working on it right now," which suggests the book will not appear imminently, if ever. Jackson has had fallings-out with at least two writers already. Watkins and Roger Hatch are coeditors of a collection of Jackson speeches, "Straight From the Heart," published last year. It joins Barbara Reynolds' 1985 biography, "Jesse Jackson: America's David," first published in 1975; four scholarly studies of his 1984 campaign; and four books about the candidate designed for children or young adults.
Gary Hart: Morrow, under contract for a collection of the candidate's speeches when Hart dropped out of the race in May, now says it has no plans to revive the project, although a previous speech book, "A New Democracy," published for the 1984 campaign, is still in print. Doubtless with an eye on 1988, the candidate collaborated with William S. Lind on a book about military reform called "America Can Win" (1986); Adler & Adler, Hart's publisher, notes a spurt in sales of the book in recent weeks. Hart is also the author of a recent novel, "The Strategies of Zeus," which will be issued in paperback in March.
Richard Gephardt: No 1988 book. An aide to the Missouri congressman comments drily that "the St. Louis Post-Dispatch bureau here has not taken leave to write the book on Gephardt, the way The Boston Globe has" for Michael Dukakis.
Paul Simon: No 1988 campaign book, although the candidate considered writing his autobiography last year, before he decided to enter the presidential contest. Simon is in any case the author of 11 books, two of which are being reissued on the occasion of his candidacy -- "Let's Put America Back to Work," the senator's prescription for a jobs program, and "The Tongue-Tied American," described by a loyal aide as "the definitive work on the slide in foreign-language skills of Americans over the last 20 years."
Al Gore: No 1988 book, a surprising fact given his reputation as such a brainy candidate. His wife, Tipper Gore, published a book last year the two of them might just as soon forget: "Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society."
Bruce Babbitt: There's no 1988 campaign book, though his staff is quick to mention "Grand Canyon: An Anthology," edited by the candidate in the first year he was governor of Arizona, and "The Babbitt Years: 1978-1986," an in-house publication describing the accomplishments of his administration.
And then there are the noncandidates.
Mario Cuomo has published two of his diaries, and is said to make daily entries for future installments. Bill Bradley has two books, a memoir of his "Life on the Run" with the New York Knicks and a tax reform treatise called "The Fair Tax," and is the only candidate featured in a book by famed New Yorker writer John McPhee, "A Sense of Where You Are." The University of Virginia has recently published a collection of Sen. Sam Nunn's pronouncements on arms control.
Finally, there are two other books that anyone so inclined may read as campaign autobiographies, "Iacocca" and "Trump."