This weekend the Wall Street Journal released its “12 Months of Reading” list consisting of book recommendations from 50 highly diverse personalities. We found a few of the recommenders/recommendations particularly notable and/or entertaining. Check out some of the highlights below.
Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, she of the famous pro-abortion filibuster and current Texas gubernatorial candidate, and unsuccessful 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney both recommended Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, a title that was the focus of an early November episode of the Glenn Beck program. Oh yea, Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty endorsed Gladwell’s book too.
“should be required reading in every school in America. We take for granted the freedoms we have in this country and have very little idea of the sacrifices military families make to ensure that we keep them. “Service” will open your eyes: Mr. Luttrell honors those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedoms and reveals a strength of character and a commitment to fellow man and country that we should all aspire to have.”
“I used to think the business culture that supports pop music had to be the all-time slimiest and the most incestuous. After reading “This Town” by Mark Leibovich, I’m inclined to vote for the gang that inhabits Washington, D.C. Mr. Leibovich channels Tom Wolfe’s early work in this bestiary devoted to the creatures that run our country and the symbiotes that report on them, lobby them, throw parties for them and hype them into office. Like some documentary filmmakers, Mr. Leibovich holds the close-up of his target a bit too long in order to get a snarky chuckle. To be sure, there are some good laughs, but after reading the last page I wanted to take a long, scorching shower.”
British Member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan, he of the recently released Inventing Freedom covered extensively (review, interview, key quotes) here at TheBlaze, recommended Charles Moore’s well-received biography of Lady Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands along with Jesse Forman’s Edmund Burke: The First Conservative. Of the latter title, Hannan said “You won’t find a more impressive political philosopher than the 18th-century MP who more or less invented Anglosphere conservatism. And you won’t find a pithier, more readable treatise on his life and works than this one.”
Last but not least, Mike Tyson is reading The Quotable Kierkegaard. Yes, you read that right. He also says that Nietszche is his favorite philosopher.