The columnist that liberals love to hate skewers the favored shibboleths of the left in this fun read that covers some of the same ground as his previous best-seller, “Liberal Fascism,” though in a less academic and more entertaining fashion. Sometimes, guys, war IS the answer (if you want to free the slaves or beat the Nazis). — John Bicknell
“The Submission” by Amy Waldman
Recommended by Amanda Becker
“The Submission” was first published in 2011 but the release of the paperback version in 2012 is reason enough to include this fictionalized account of collective versus personal grief, and the politicization that inevitably follows a national tragedy, on any list of the best books of last year. — Amanda Becker
“Life” by Keith Richards and James Fox
Recommended by Melinda Nahmias
Although a diehard Beatles fan in the day, I found myself fascinated by the candor with which Richards told his tale. He admits to making lots of stupid mistakes, and they got him into plenty of hot water. Perhaps one of the reasons I liked it so much is that it took me as far away from the pomp, ritual and artifice of Capitol Hill as one can get. From lawmakers to law-breaker, if you will. — Melinda Nahmias
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.