What Book(s) Would You Give?

by Ellen Kolb

christmastreeThe recent Granite State Taxpayers party ended with a Yankee swap of the best kind: books, preferably from one’s own bookshelf, on politics or economics. We had an interesting mix by the time all the packages were claimed. Every holiday gathering should end with books for all, as far as I’m concerned.

So, readers, I’m curious: what book or books on broadly-defined political topics would you like to give or receive? What have you found influential or well-written or just plain enjoyable? Serious, satirical (looking at you, P.J. O’Rourke), old, new, famous, obscure – anything goes. You could even make a case for a work of fiction. Name one or two or three titles in the comments. Let’s give each other some ideas for our 2018 reading lists.

What did I bring to the Yankee swap? Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis. (I have a weakness for biographies.)

Your turn. Let’s see your list.

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  • mer

    Like him or Hate him, Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series is pretty good. Mark Levin “Men In Black” and “Ameritopia”, Dana Loesch “Hands Off My Gun”

    • I picked up my husband’s copy of “Killing Patton” and was surprised that I enjoyed it so much.

      • mer

        I was surprised at the first one I read; then remembered that Bill is actually an historian. The books give a non traditional view of events and people. Killing Kennedy and Kill Jesus are also good. One of the best things is I find them for little money at Walmart (kill 2 birds with one stone: annoy a liberal by going to Walmart and buying a book by Conservatives)

  • I’ve read a lot of good ones this year. Picking three:

    1) One Nation Undecided — Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us by Peter H. Schuck. Surprisingly lives up to its subtitle.

    2) The Three Languages of Politics — Talking Across the Political Divides by Arnold Kling. An “outside” look at political debate, and why opposite sides talk past, instead of to, each other.

    3) The Death of Expertise — The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols. Tom’s a very opinionated guy, some of his points are overstated, but still worth reading.

    (I would also add J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy if I had a fourth pick. Best seller, deservedly so.)

  • Aesop’s Fables
    Bleak House (Dickens)
    The Cat In The Hat and The Bathtub Ring. (seuss)

  • Radical Moderate

    Some light reading suggestions…
    “History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Gibbon
    “The Decline of the West” by Spengler
    “1984” by Orwell
    “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by P.K.Dick

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