Where Books Will Never Die

My favorite Christmas gift may well turn out to be a hand-me-down iPad with limited functionality that will nonetheless make it easier for me to buy and read ebooks. This is emotionally important to me because like a lot of us old folks, I just can’t live without books. And one of the most charming–and important–things about the Washington Monthly is that it is among the last major outlets for reviews of political books. Indeed, keeping that tradition alive is reason enough to make a tax-deductible donation to WaMo in whatever amount you can afford before the end of the year.

In 2014, WaMo published 21 book reviews, iwith something for just about every taste. There was Kathleen Geier on Thomas Picketty; Moshe Marvit on FDR’s “Four Freedoms;” Steve Waldman on journalism’s failure to anticipate the financial collapse of 2008; and yours truly on Rick Perlstein’s Reagan book. I am quite sure the new year will bring a new batch of memorable and relevant reviews.

If you love books, and appreciate some help in determining the “can’t miss” reads on politics, then Washington Monthly is a “can’t miss” publication in this and every season.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.