We long for politicians who give us the straight story. Who tell us what is really happening, what is really being done, and where they really are trying to take our country. We want leaders who don’t beat around the bush, who confront difficult situations head-on, and who either aren’t afraid to deal with awkwardness, or who charge through it despite their fears. In short, we wish for leaders who communicate truthfully and effectively. Being truthful is the easy part. It’s a choice. Communicating effectively is more of a skill, and that’s where these books can help.