Hugh Hewitt - Principal Contributor
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Literary gift giving for conservatives...
The Christmas shopping season has
arrived and early reports are that the president's tax cuts
have worked and the economy and Christmas spending are growing
as a result. This is great news for the country and for the
president's re-election prospects.
But it ought
to be great news as well for book-lovers. Christmas is the
best time of
year to give and receive books. They are
the perfect presents, and your choice of title conveys messages
of affection clearer than any Hallmark card.
are hundreds of thousands of titles and, if you are stuck for
here are mine:
the college or graduate student, or the young working adult
on your list,
I recommend without reservation my own book
of 2003: In,
But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition and the Desire to
Influence the World. Many of you have
provided kind reviews of the book since its publication in
April, most recently the bloggers Brothers
Judd. I appreciate
words, and even more your decision to pass the book along
wrapped in shiny paper.
For the evangelical
Christian on your list, I suggest Dare
To Be True by my friend Mark Roberts, one of the
rising theologians. If a few thousand people read and act
on Roberts' message, the world will be a significantly different
place in 2004 than in 2003.
junkies of the center-right variety – and even
those with an open mind on the left – will absolutely
love Rich Lowrey's Legacy:
Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. It is
a definitive recounting of the many obvious failings of the
disgraced but still ever-present former president,
and a handy reference for the battles with Hillary that lay
I wrote last week for the Weekly Standard that Legacy ought
to be read alongside William Manchester's classic Alone,
the second volume in Manchester's study of Winston Churchill.
striking similarities between the '30s and the '90s are too
obvious to ignore, and reading Lowry and Manchester together
compel readers to conclusions about the deficiencies of leaders
like Clinton and Stanley Baldwin.
For the fiction
readers on your list, get them started on the First
Man in Rome series by Colleen McCullough. If they like
the first book, on the rise of Gaius Marius, they will read
all six in the series and forever thank you for turning them
onto this magnificent achievement in historical fiction. If
they don't like it, they will still appreciate that you thought
them up to the task of such a read.
of Churchill, if you can find the four-volume History
of the English Speaking Peoples, – don't buy the
one-volume abridgement – then give your best friend the
best gift of the year. This may require a visit or two to a
quality used-book store, but you cannot know where we are going
in this new century until you know where we came from.
Finally, anything by C.S. Lewis gives the gift of great writing
and great hope, so order early and with abandon. I am partial
Great Divorce is
almost always a winner as well.
which title you choose, a book is always preferable to a tie
or socks or even chocolate.
Shocking to some, I suppose,
but truer words I haven't written in '03.
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
He blogs regularly at HughHewitt.com and he frequently contributes opinion pieces to the Weekly
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