2019: A Year in Reading

Winston Churchill (Library of Congress)
Mostly about politics — ancient and modern

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the decade comes to a close, I would like to thank National Review for giving me the opportunity to put forward this annual list of books that you should read. This is my seventh list since 2013. For this one, I have put a lot more emphasis on political books because, like most thinking Americans, I am striving to understand our dynamic and unpredictable landscape. Incredibly useful in this regard were two books by authors well-known to NR readers: Alienated America, by Tim Carney, and The Smallest Minority, by Kevin D. Williamson.

In Alienated America, Carney captures the enormous differences in 21st-century American

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