A spree of new and forthcoming political books hurls polemics from left and right. (For bonus points, there's even a senator's first novel -- and one very serious, smart work of political science. Also see a brief review of the very polemical "Rove Exposed" on page 12.)

Attack the Messenger: How Politicians Turn You Against the Media, by Craig Crawford (Rowman & Littlefield, $22.95). A pundit argues that cynical pols deliberately bash the press to change the subject.

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, by Peter Schweizer (Doubleday, $22.95). A Hoover Institution fellow accuses Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi and others of dodging their taxes, not hiring minorities and investing in industries they claim to loathe.

The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS, by Neal Boortz and John Linder (Regan, $24.95). Two conservatives call for replacing the current tax code with an across-the-board 23 percent retail sales tax.

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them), by Mark Crispin Miller (Basic, $24). The author of The Bush Dyslexicon warns that the 2000 Florida recount was just the beginning.

How the Republicans Stole Christmas: The Republican Party's Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do to Take It Back, by Bill Press (Doubleday, $23.95). A seminarian turned liberal pundit urges Democrats to beat evangelical right-wingers at their own game.

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World, by Noam Chomsky (Metropolitan, $15). In a new collection of interviews, the leftist guru rails against U.S. power and purposes.

It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, by Rick Santorum (Intercollegiate, $25). Reflections on values from a Republican senator from Pennsylvania.

Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington: The Brit Who Set Congress Straight About Iraq, by George Galloway (New Press; paperback, $13.95). A controversial, left-leaning British member of Parliament excoriates U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson (Yale Univ., $25). Two political scientists argue that the GOP has strayed far from public opinion's moderate center -- and thrived by doing so.

The Right War?: The Conservative Debate on Iraq, edited by Gary Rosen (Cambridge Univ.; paperback, $19.99). A fascinatingly bickersome collection, from Wilsonian hawks to isolationist doves, compiled by the managing editor of Commentary.

A Time to Run: A Novel, by Barbara Boxer (Chronicle, $24.95). A liberal senator from California weighs in with a tale of a liberal senator from California.

The Truth (With Jokes), by Al Franken (Dutton, $25.95). A liberal humorist has another swipe at his favorite lying liars on the right.

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, by Michelle Malkin (Regnery, $27.95). A Fox News commentator argues that many on the left have lost all touch with reality.

The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought, by John Gibson (Sentinel, $24.95). More from the Fox News anchor and author of Hating America.

The Weekly Standard: A Reader, 1995-2005, edited by William Kristol (HarperCollins, $27.95). The greatest hits of the influential conservative magazine.

The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? by Tony Blankley (Regnery, $27.95). The editorial-page editor of the Washington Times claims that radical Islamists are on the verge of turning Europe into "Eurabia."

-- The Editors