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The Fix’s best political books of 2013

Not sure what to buy your favorite political junkie this holiday season?  We've got you covered.

Below you'll find recommendations from Fix readers of the best political books released in the last year. The books are listed in the order we received the recommendations. What did we miss? Either post in the comments section below or tweet with the #fixbooks hashtag. Enjoy! (And make sure to check out the Post's list of best books of the year too! And the Fix's list of best presidential biographies!)


* "Collision 2012: Obama vs Romney and the Future of Elections in America" by Dan Balz

* "This Town" by Mark Leibovich

* "Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets" by Peter Schweizer

* "Coolidge" by Amity Schlaes

* "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" by Peter Baker

* "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" by George Packer

* "The Gamble" by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck

* "Double Down" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

* "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies" by Jonathan Alter

* "Things That Matter" by Charles Krauthammer

* "Congressman Lincoln" by Chris DeRose

* "The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy" by Larry Sabato

* "More than They Bargained For: Scott Walker, Unions, and the Fight for Wisconsin" by Jason Stein and Patrick Marley

* "Dallas 1963" by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

* "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

* "The Message: The Re-Selling of President Obama" by Richard Wolffe

* "Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois and Enthralled the Nation" by Natasha Korecki

* "Edmund Burke: The First Conservative" by Jesse Norman

* "Wilson" by A. Scott Berg

* "Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict" by John Burt

* "Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't" by Bob Kaiser

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.



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