Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers.
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The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era (B&H Books), by Timothy S. Goeglein. The author, a man with a gift for loyalty and friendship, gives a solid account of why Bush was the most effectively conservative “social issues” president ever, but what’s best here is Goeglein’s erudite and engaging explication of his vision for a conservative renaissance.
This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (Encounter), by James S. Robbins. Terrific scholarship and highly readable storytelling marks this important book correcting the record on Tet and providing lessons and warnings for future military operations.
Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Sentinel), by Richard Miniter. Offers important insights into the sources of the clash of the civilized world with the jihadist vermin who attack us.
A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, by Amy Julia Becker (Bethany House). The author writes about rejecting abortion in order to raise a Down Syndrome child. Moving and inspirational.
Finally, to leave politics and policy behind, two others, whose titles are self-explanatory: Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans, by Keith Spera (St. Martin’s Press); and Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend, by James S. Hirsch (Scribner). Willie will always be the greatest, and New Orleans music will always be the best.
Quin Hillyer is a senior editor of The American Spectator and a senior fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom.
The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich von Hayek.
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, by Jonah Goldberg (Doubleday).
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, by Mark R. Levin (Threshold).
The Freedom Agenda: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment Is Necessary to Restore Constitutional Government, by Mike Lee (Regnery).
Mike Lee is a Republican U.S. senator from Utah.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online