The NYT didn’t include ANY right-leaning books on its top 100 list for 2014 — here are 15 NYT bestsellers they could have included

Consistent with our analysis of last year’s list, the New York Times has again apparently excluded any conservative or even right-leaning titles from its “100 Notable Books” of 2014.

A disclaimer: While “conservative” or “right-leaning” are obviously subjective terms, a cursory glance at the Times’ list indicates books that lack a focus on individual liberty, free enterprise, traditional values, or many of the other tenets of Western civilization — unless critical of such tenets; further, the list is bereft of any titles authored by conservative or right-leaning authors.

People pass the New York Times building in New York,  Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The New York Times Co.'s stock rose on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012,  after an analyst raised his rating and price target on the shares. Credit: AP
The New York Times building in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (Credit: AP)

To give you a sense as to the kind of narratives/themes echoed in the Times’ selections this year, we excerpted some of its relevant book descriptions below, split between the “Grey Lady’s” 50 non-fiction and (less relevant though equally representative) fiction titles.

Non-Fiction

To be charitable, the Times does include several books written by those serving in Republican administrations, or discussing Republican presidencies, including “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” by former Bush and Obama secretary of defense Robert Gates, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan” by Rick Perlstein and “World Order” by former Nixon and Ford secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Fiction

  • All Our Names” by Dinaw Mengestu: “…a relationship of shared dependencies between a Midwestern social worker and a bereft African immigrant”
  • The Blazing World: A Novel” by Siri Hustvedt: “…a portrait of a creative titan whose career and reputation have seemingly been blighted by the art establishment’s ingrained sexism”
  • The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel” by Cristina Henríquez: “Latino immigrant characters face the challenges of assimilation”
  • Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel” by Helen Oyeyemi: “‘Snow White’ as a cultural touchstone, Oyeyemi’s novel offers up a cautionary tale on post-race ideology, racial limbos and the politics of passing”
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel” by Marlon James: “Revolving around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976, this mesmerizingly powerful novel addresses politics, class, race and violence in ­Jamaica”

To be charitable, the Times does include “Redeployment” by Phil Klay, which it describes as “Twelve stories by a former Marine who served in Iraq capture on an intimate scale the ways in which the war there evoked a unique array of emotion, predicament and heartbreak.”

Also consistent with last year, there were numerous books published in 2014 that appeared on the Times’ combined print and e-book nonfiction bestseller list, that the Times could have chosen from should they have sought any semblance of ideological diversity.

Below are 15 such titles, which might be of interest for the holiday season, including links to coverage where relevant from TheBlaze Books:

1) Stonewalled by Sharyl Attkisson

Stonewalled

2) Conform by Glenn Beck

Conform

3) Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck

DreamersDeceivers

4) President Me by Adam Carolla

President Me

5) One Nation by Ben Carson

One Nation

6) James Madison by Lynne Cheney

James Madison

7) America by Dinesh D’Souza

America

8) Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld

Not Cool

9) Clinton, Inc. by Daniel Halper

Clinton Inc

10) The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler

The First Family Detail

11) Blood Feud by Edward Klein

Blood Feud

12) Jesus On Trial by David Limbaugh

Jesus on Trial

13) Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly

Killing Patton

14) The Death of Money by James Rickards

The Death of Money

15) 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff

13 Hours

 

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