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The Fix’s best political books of 2011

at 11:32 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Are you a last-minute holiday shopper wondering what to get that political junkie in your family? Boy have you come to the right place.

Over the weekend, we asked Fixistas for their favorite political books of 2011. We got lots of great suggestions on the blog as well as via Twitter and Facebook.

We did our best to provide as full a list as possible below. Remember that these are suggestions from readers; we don’t endorse any particular viewpoint represented in these books) Lots of you nominated books that didn’t come out in 2011 so that’s why you don’t see them on the list.

The books are listed in the order in which we received the recommendations. The first five are the Fix’s personal favorites. What did we miss? This list is a work in progress so if your favorite isn’t on the list, add it in the comments section.

The Fix’s best political books of 2011

* “Jack Kennedy, Elusive Hero” by Chris Matthews

* “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President” by Ron Suskind

* “The Right Fights Back” by Evan Thomas and Mike Allen

* “11/22/63” by Stephen King

* “Rick Perry and His Eggheads: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America” by Sasha Issenberg

* “Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics” by Robert Mann

* “Election 2012: The Battle Begins” by Carl Cannon and Tom Bevan

* “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer

* “Republic, Lost” by Lawrence Lessig

* “Failure by Design” by Josh Bivens

* “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy” by Bill Clinton

* “The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution” by Francis Fukuyama

* “Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation” by Chris DeRose

* “The Whole Damn Deal: Robert Strauss and the Art of Politics” by Kathryn J. McGarr

* “Known and Unknown: A Memoir” by Donald Rumsfeld

* “The Great American Awakening” by Jim DeMint

* “Keeping the Republic” by Mitch Daniels

 
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