The New York Times recently released its annual list of 100 notable books, comprised of the 50 fiction & poetry and 50 non-fiction titles deemed deemed most noteworthy by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.
The number of conservative titles on the list? Zero.
One might have assumed that the Times would have included at least a couple of token conservative or conservative-themed titles among its selections, in light of the fact that as TheBlaze noted in November, conservative authors have been dominating the bestseller lists, including the Times’ own (see below).
But based on Blaze Books’ review of the New York Times’ list, to the contrary of the 50 non-fiction titles selected by editors, none were written by conservative authors, let alone were conservative-themed. Non-fiction titles making the list included books like:
- The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky, who according to the Times’ book review “regards inequality as a ‘social control mechanism’ supported by financial interests’ belief in ‘the desirability of oligarchy’”
- My Beloved World by Supreme Court by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Justice’s memoir focusing on her family, education and years at Princeton
- Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker on the often-contentious relationship between President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney during their two terms in office
Even extending the scope to the 50 fiction & poetry titles the Times selected—featuring titles like Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem covering the lives of three generations of leftists in Queens, NY and more traditional ones like Joyce Carol Oates’ The Accursed—among such books not one was written by a right-leaning or conservative thriller author like Nelson DeMille or Brad Thor, both of whom published bestselling novels in 2013, nor a conservative commentator like Rush Limbaugh who recently released a bestselling children’s book.
Blaze Books combed through the New York Times’ Combined Print and E-Book Non-Fiction Bestseller list archives to tally the number of titles with right-leaning authors and/or right-leaning themes that were bestsellers at any point during 2013. The result: there were over 20 such books, all of which were excluded from the Times’ list.
Lest one thinks it unfair to fault the Times given that a number of conservative titles were only recently released, the Times’ list includes one “notable” title that has only been on the New York Times’ non-fiction bestseller list for one week: My Promised Land by Ari Shavit (incidentally a self-described “left-wing journalist” and “anti-Occupation peacenik”), which comes in at #9, a full six spots below another first-time bestselling book, Glenn Beck’s recently released Miracles and Massacres which opened at #3.
Check out our list of 20 New York Times best-selling conservative titles that the New York Times Book Review editors ignored, and be sure to thank the fine folks at ‘The Gray Lady’ for having single-handedly come up with your Christmas gift list. Note that our list is ordered by author and includes only those titles published in 2013–there were several other best-selling conservative titles this year published prior to 2013, excluded for consistency with the Times.
1. Miracles and Massacres by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck
2. Control by Glenn Beck
3. America the Beautiful by Ben Carson with Candy Carson
4. Roger Ailes by Zev Chafets
5. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
6. Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
7. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle
8. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
9. The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin
10. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
11. Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen C. Meyer
12. Breakthrough by James O’Keefe
13. Keep it Pithy by Bill O’Reilly
14. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
15. Good Tidings and Great Joy by Sarah Palin
16. Rumsfeld’s Rules by Donald Rumsfeld
17. Extortion by Peter Schweizer
18. Bullies by Ben Shapiro
19. Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
20. The Great Deformation by David Stockman
*Honorable Mention: This Town by Mark Leibovich.