Paul Shanklin — political satirist, impressionist, comedian, and conservative speaker extraordinaire — has a few suggestions for the people on your Christmas list:
I haven’t read anything published this year, unless NR counts. But I would suggest the classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay, LL.D. Originally published in 1841, it is a timeless collection of historic investment bubbles and manias of all kinds. It’s sure to help anyone understand the market meltdown and last year’s presidential election.
As for non-books, I’d suggest giving any Monty Python fan The Goon Show audio CD set entitled “Moriarty, Where Are You?” from the BBC radio collection. This 1950s radio show is where Peter Sellers got his start and Monty Python got its inspiration.
Invention: The Waring Pro WMK300 Waffle Maker. No Saturday morning is complete without it.