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.
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.
- "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes" by Anand Golpal: "A devastating look at how we got Afghanistan wrong"
- "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War" by James Risen: "The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter chronicles the excesses of the war on terror in this important and powerful book" [Note: This may appeal to libertarian-leaning readers]
- "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" by Katha Pollitt: "Pollitt argues that women should stop apologizing and reclaim abortion as a 'positive social good.'"
- "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert: "A powerful examination of the role of man-made climate change in causing the current spasm of plant and animal loss that threatens the planet."
- "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate" by Naomi Klein: "...Klein argues there is still time to avoid catastrophe [of climate change], but not within the current rules of capitalism"
- "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" by Anand Giridharadas: "Competing visions of the American dream collide in this account of a post-9/11 hate crime and its unlikely reverberations"
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.
- "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
- Sharyl Attkisson details the inside story of how CBS sat on a crucial piece of Benghazi information before the 2012 presidential election
- What Sharyl Attkisson says about Congressional oversight will likely sober up celebratory Republicans [Interview]
2) Conform by Glenn Beck
- A scathing interview with a 5th grade teacher who was in the room when Common Core was being created
- The Michigan teacher and union member who is fighting back against Common Core
- 10 Common Core exercises that will make you tear your hair out
- These three answers will get your 3rd grader partial credit under Common Core
- The one book that explains how the existence of the Holocaust became an 8th grade ‘critical thinking’ exercise
3) Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck
- How Woodrow Wilson’s secret illness solved a depression and paved the way for America’s ‘first female president’
- “[H]istory shows the truth eventually wins”: Readers respond to Beck on Upton Sinclair’s secret socialist cover-up letter
4) President Me by Adam Carolla
- Blaze Books Review: ‘President Me’ by Adam Carolla
- Eight wild and/or wacky ways America would be different if Adam Carolla were president
5) One Nation by Ben Carson
- An excerpt from Dr. Ben Carson’s new book, ‘One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future’
- 17 quotes from Proverbs at the heart of Dr. Ben Carson’s new book
6) James Madison by Lynne Cheney
7) America by Dinesh D'Souza
- Blaze Books Review: ‘America: Imagine a World without Her’ by Dinesh D’Souza
- Dinesh D’Souza’s dire warning: Americans ‘are being prepared for a political and financial shakedown’ [Interview]
- Dinesh D’Souza’s compelling and controversial new book, ‘America,’ in 20 quotes
- Dinesh D’Souza explains the one great failure of the ‘greatest generation’ — and how it led to America’s transformation
- Claim: Dinesh D’Souza blacklisted from New York Times bestseller list
- Guess which conservative film just hit no. 1 on Amazon’s documentary list
8) Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld
- Blaze Books Review: ‘Not Cool’ by Greg Gutfeld
- ‘Non-religious’ Fox anchor makes an interesting admission about the church [Interview]
- 26 potentially insightful and undoubtedly offensive quotes from Greg Gutfeld’s new book ‘Not Cool’
- Here’s a Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from Greg Gutfeld’s new book ‘Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You’
- Five books to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend
9) Clinton, Inc. by Daniel Halper
- Betrayal: New book claims Bill Clinton advised John McCain during the 2008 presidential election
- Claim: Israelis tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes to force spy release
- Author of new Clinton book is under attack — just as he outlined in his book
10) The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler
- National insecurity: New book details alleged shocking Secret Service corner cutting, imperiling the lives of America’s leaders
- The alleged skinny dipping politician whose Secret Service assignment agents loathe
- Author of bombshell book on hidden lives of first families reopens a particularly sore Clinton wound [Interview]
11) Blood Feud by Edward Klein
12) Jesus On Trial by David Limbaugh
- A Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from David Limbaugh’s new ‘Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel’
13) Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly
14) The Death of Money by James Rickards
- Economist Rickards: Collapse of the dollar and international monetary system is entirely foreseeable
15) 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
Note: The links to the books in this post will give you an option to elect to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale to a charity of your choice. Mercury One, the charity founded by TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck, is one of the options. Donations to Mercury One go towards efforts such as disaster relief, support for education, support for Israel and support for veterans and our military. You can read more about Amazon Smile and Mercury One here.