Fireside reading

Posted: Oct 28, 2006 9:35 AM
Fireside reading

As the temperatures cool off and autumn turns to winter, there are more and more opportunities to curl up with a good book in front of a fireplace. Here are the most recently published political books I’ve been reading in rainy Cambridge – at least when I’m not being forced at hemp-point to read aloud from Lenin’s Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism:


Bankrupt, David Limbaugh: Limbaugh’s Bankrupt is the finest summary of recent liberal outrages. He covers everything from the Democrats’ attempts to undermine the war on terror to their insistence that the federal judiciary remain a political tool of liberal utopianism. Every conservative needs to read this book before even considering sitting out Election Day.

Godless, Ann Coulter: Coulter’s latest book is perhaps her best. All the liberal ire surrounding her characterization of the Jersey Girls was an attempt to obscure Godless’ central thesis: liberalism is a cult-like religion reliant on flimsy slogans, bad science, and ridiculous airs of moral superiority. One of Coulter’s main points – that liberals consistently trot out victims as spokespeople to shield their arguments from attack – is fresher now than when she wrote it (see Fox, Michael J.).

Unhinged, Michelle Malkin: The American left isn’t merely wrong – it’s gone mad, Malkin argues persuasively in her newest book. Leftists claim that they’re the political viewpoint of peace and equanimity, but Malkin hilariously documents the leftist moonbattery that has plagued America since the election of George W. Bush.

The Politics of Disaster, Marvin Olasky: Olasky’s Politics is a well-reasoned analysis of just what went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Olasky reminds us why religion and the private sector are vital elements in any response to future disaster.

The Beast of the East River,Nathan Tabor: Tabor’s Beast is a heated and well-researched volume on the burgeoning usurpation of American sovereignty by the United Nations. Is the goal of the U.N. world government? Tabor argues that it is, and does so with gusto.

Musclehead Revolution,Kevin McCullough: The Musclehead Revolution, McCullough explains, is a movement of commonsensical, traditional values, freedom oriented Americans tired of watching their country torn apart by the forces of immorality. MR is an excellent primer for those entering the stormy world of politics and a useful reminder for those involved in its day-to-day battles.

Standing with Israel,David Brog: This book is a must-read for Jews in particular. Brog explains the sources for Christian support for Jews and the state of Israel, demonstrating that Christian love for the Jewish state is truly about love, gratitude, and Biblical dictates, not veiled Armageddon theology.

Diplomatic Divorce,Tom Kilgannon: Kilgannon’s book is a thorough, articulate and damning indictment of the U.N. His particular emphasis on how the U.N. undermines American national security is must-reading.

Size Matters, Joel Miller: Size Matters is a witty, irreverent and cutting take on the intrusion of government into our daily lives. It’s chock full of telling tidbits, and it gives an entertaining history of how our government turned from a carefully circumscribed guardian of liberty into a voracious leviathan responsible for hundreds of thousands of pages of regulations restricting our pursuit of happiness.

Do-Gooders,Mona Charen: Do-Gooders achieves precisely what it sets out to achieve: it demonstrates that liberals do indeed hurt those they seek to help and unmasks liberalism as a deeply-flawed ideology that cares more about the self-esteem of its members than the ramifications of its policies.

Winning the Future, Newt Gingrich: This book may play a major role in the 2008 election. Gingrich, the dark horse candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination, reminds us why he was once the power behind the Republican Revolution of 1994 and offers new solutions to America’s most pressing problems. If you don’t think Gingrich should run, read this and reconsider.