It's a varied list that includes serious tomes, two touching memoirs, an enchanting book for children, two absorbing novels, and two books explaining the newly influential Democratic economic populism.
Use this list to buy gifts for family and friends, and for yourself. I've included handy links so you can comparison shop for the best prices at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, eCampus, WalMart and other sellers.
"At the heart of this book is Senator Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems... He also writes with surprising intimacy and humor about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life" expounds the cover blurb.
Buy this book for anyone interested in the 2008 presidential race.
Chapters include: Exporting Misery; The Toxic Waste of World Trade; Softheaded Foreign Policy; and Flat World? No, Flat Wrong!
Buy this book to understand the rising new Democratic brand of economic populism.
This book is a fun way to introduce children to the workings of our federal government. Beautifuly illustrated in watercolors by David Small, a winner of the Caldecott Medal.
Buy this adorable book for your kids and grandkids.
This lengthy memoir is lively, full of amusing anecdotes and stories, and most importantly, it's a fascinating witness to US history in the latter half of the 20th century.
Buy this book for an American or Southern US history buff.
Rated the top 5-stars at Amazon, Fields of Fire is considered a seminal Vietnam War novel. Respected writer Tom Wolfe dubs it "In my opinion, the finest of the Vietnam novels." Webb is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and former Secretary of the Navy.
Buy this book to be absorbed by the ultimate Vietnam novel, as Webb is a talented writer.
Per Publishers Weekly: When two UC Berkeley activists "meet Ellen Downey, a petite redhead with a steely determination to make the world a better place, romantic entanglements ensue, with Ellen ultimately marrying Josh... after graduation. Josh runs for political office, Ellen heads a mentoring program for at-risk kids, and Greg... works as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle."
Enjoy this book, with latte at hand, in front of a roaring fire.
This revised, updated 2006 edition also recounts inside details of the 2005 House battle over the Central American Free Trade Agreement, led by Republican Tom Delay on one side and Brown on the other.
Essential political reading for 2007 and beyond. Buy it for yourself.
A senator who has served under 11 presidents, Robert Byrd of West Virginia possesses a scholar's understanding of the US Constitution, a long-serving leader's window on history, and a patriot's heart for his country. The book is not just another liberal diatribe on Bush. It's also smart, witty and chock-a-block full of inside details and observations on dozens of our leaders in D.C.
Buy this book for your favorite Democrat. He/she will adore it.
The lyrical memoir was originally written in 1995, and reissued in 2004. It's an American classic, free of partisan politics except for text in the index of his famed 2004 Democratic Convention speech.
Buy it for anyone who's not yet read this only-in-America gem.
Hillary has actively supported the Children's Defense Fund since 1970, and her 1973 thesis at Yale University was about the rights of children. During law school, she volunteered at a child study center.
Buy this book for everyone who regards Hillary Clinton as another heartless politician. Because she's not.