A Long List of Political Books, Left, Right, and Otherwise

Chris Schluep on October 30, 2018
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priuscutbetter.jpgTwo milestones are rapidly approaching. 2018 is drawing to a close, and the midterm elections are nearly upon us.

When it comes to books, these two milestones are connected, because 2018 has been a year dominated by political books. That’s probably not much of a surprise to you. Our television and radio, our social media, and many of our thoughts have been dominated by politics this year.

It's also no news that political opinions are divided and highly partisan.

As are many of the best-selling political books--although there are some that fall somewhere in between as well. So in honor of the approach of November 6th, here is a list of political books divided into Left, Right, and Otherwise. (I have made the designations, so forgive me if you disagree with any of my judgements.)

Maybe you'll find something here to reinforce the opinions that you already have. Maybe you'll find something to help you understand the other side a little better. Maybe you'll ignore this list and go buy a novel instead. That would be fine, too.

Books on the Left

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Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

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Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane by The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault Newman

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

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The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza

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The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Boot

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Enemy of the People: Trump's War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy by Marvin Kalb

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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia by Craig Unger

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Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever by Rick Wilson


Books on the Right


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Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson

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Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy by Jeanine Pirro

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The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump by Gregg Jarrett

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The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda by Jason Chaffetz

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The Happy Cookbook: A Celebration of the Food That Makes America Smile by Steve Doocy

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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) by Bill O'Reilly

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The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World by Robert Kagan

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The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald

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Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff


Otherwise


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Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

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Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

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On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides

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Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal by Ben Sasse

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

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LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P. W. Singer

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Prius or Pickup?: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide by Marc Hetherington

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The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki


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