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Gifts that keep on giving

"Gifts that keep on giving" Continued...

Issue: "Not angry anymore," Dec. 1, 2007

"For my daughter who loves to read serious fiction, Peter Høeg's The Quiet Girl.

"For my son who will be deploying to Iraq soon, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10."

Politically incorrect books

Our overall listing includes many books that would not be recommended by The New York Times, but it's not surprising that Elizabeth Kantor, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, liked several scorned by the left:

"Clarence Thomas' memoir, My Grandfather's Son, is the best book of the year; eye-opening, moving, and inspiring-it makes a wonderful Christmas present for almost any reader. Other great books of 2007 include Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity (in which D'Souza ably answers the whole plague of "village atheists" from Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris to Christopher Hitchens) and Laura Ingraham's Power to the People (gets beneath the surface of hot-button political issues into important cultural trends, including the growing hostility toward large families)."

Kantor continued, "Anything written by Thomas Sowell on economics, race, or culture is always going to be a good choice-the reader is sure to learn something surprising and valuable; Black Rednecks and White Liberals, for example, will completely change your perspective on 'ghetto' culture, much of which, Sowell shows, black Americans originally learned from white Americans in the South. It also makes the vital point that cultural transformation for the better requires something more than government programs or even a few dollars of our excess income in 'charity'-it requires the authentic Christian charity that inspired abolitionist schoolmarms to give their whole lives to the education of recently freed slaves."

She concluded, "The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric is perfect for homeschoolers, or for any adult who was shortchanged by our sadly inadequate schools and colleges."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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