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Four Books For Christmas

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You have time to get to Amazon and order these books.  If you do, the recipients will thank you.

The first is what I am reading right now, flying from CA to DC yesterday, and back to CA tomorrow after Meet The Press.  It is as alarming as it is fact-based, beautifully-written and deeply reported: Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer winner Joby Warrick.

Warrick has been my guest in the past, when his riveting book Triple Agent: The al Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA came out a few years ago.  Now he is back with a look inside how ISIS came to be and why it is so deadly, so much to be genuinely feared but also fought.

My second suggestion is a book on the sort of leader one needs to fight the sort of enemy ISIS is: Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.

Dr. Arnn is of course the president of Hillsdale College, and you hear him at least weekly on my program during the Hillsdale Dialogue (all of which are here for binge listening, beginning with the hours on Homer from early 2013.)  In Churchill’s Trial, Arnn turns his lifetime of study of the great statesman –Arnn began work as an assistant to Sir Martin Gilbert on the official Churchill biography– into a must-read on the leadership we need right now for these perilous times.  Buy it for yourself and for all of your friends and family.
Next, there is a “reason for the season”: the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated.  David Limbaugh’s The Emmaus Code has surprised and delighted thousands with its careful exploration of the foreshadowing of Jesus’ coming in the Jewish scriptures:
Finally, if you hear Peggy Noonan on my show discussing her wonderful collection of essays, the Time of Our Lives.  What you couldn’t have heard is my wife reading aloud from it to me again and again after the interview, remarking how perfectly Peggy Noonan had indeed captured a moment from our lifetimes, had turned it over and over in her head and via her pen, and produced a gem of insight worth treasuring.  For everyone in your life, this is a perfect gift.
Any of these books would make you a star on Christmas morning.  All four will win you a crown.




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