2013’s Most Interesting Political Reads


You won’t have time to buy one of these excellent political reads before the winter solstice, but you can purchase one for your loved ones that follow the Gregorian calender. Without further adieu, here are the top political books for 2013. (This list is not relegated to just the United States. Broadening your scope can be a good thing!)

1) I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Malala simply stood up for her right to an education and was shot in the head by the Taliban. The atrocities imposed to females around the world are sickening. A young lady from Swat, Pakistan gives hope to subjugated females around the world. Before you read the book, watch this.

2) Who Stole the American Dream?, by Hendrick Smith

Gerrymandering, the tax code, lobbyists, and wealthy white men (parenthetically) are some of the topics written about by Smith. The book does a nice job of clarifying the negligible differences between the two parties.

3) Wilson, by A. Scott Berg

Even though Wilson openly praised the racist film, “The Birth of a Nation” (first film to be shown in the White House) and created the Federal Reserve, he also strengthened anti-trust laws, established the 8-hour work day, and reduced tariffs. The 28th President was an idealist and prognosticator. Berg mercifully delves into the life of the “father of modern America.”

4) Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, by Peter Baker

Arguably, their administration started the downward spiral of never ending imperialism and political gridlock. Though that’s not to say that Bush and Cheney aren’t fascinating figures themselves. In fact it’s quite the contrary. Put them in America’s highest office and you have yourself a book that doesn’t fail to entertain. With an insiders account of terrorism, the economy, and the Middle East, Baker’s account of their eight-year reign is a relationship like no other.

5) Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and American Powerby Steve Coll

This exhaustively researched  book connects the worlds greatest natural resource and Exxon’s global interests.  Coll, a two-time Pulitzer prize winner, is a national renowned journalist. He’s covered everything from the SEC to Osama Bin Laden.  His objectivity is what makes this such an outstanding read. I realize this book came out in 2012, but it’s continued success into 2013 begged for inclusion.

Michael Mazzuto

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