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.
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
* “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
* “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