December 26, 2003


Best of 2003 (Brothers Judd)

-Jonathan Edwards: A Life (George M. Marsden)

-A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II (Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud)

-The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship (David Halberstam)

-The Long Truce: How Toleration Made the World Safe for Power and Profit (A. J. Conyers)

-The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East (Sharon Hudgins)

-The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf (Mark Frost)

-Brain Storm (Richard Dooling)

-What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (J. Budziszewski)

-A New Kind of Science (Stephen Wolfram)

-In, But Not Of : A Guide to Christian Ambition (Hugh Hewitt)

-Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder (Wesley J. Smith)

-An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (Rick Atkinson)

-The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (Fareed Zakaria)

-The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Erik Larson)

-Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism (Paul C. Vitz)

-Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross (Richard John Neuhaus)

-Feminist Fantasies (Phyllis Schlafly)

BOOK LIST (Foreign Affairs, December 2003)

Each month a different member of our distinguished panel of book reviewers recommends the best books discussed in Foreign Affairs in the past year. This month, Walter Russell Mead gives his picks for the best books on the United States.

Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan

Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World by Jedidiah Purdy

To Begin the World Anew: the Genuis and Ambiguities of the American Founders by Bernard Bailyn

The Passions of Andrew Jackson by Andrew Brustein

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003 by Douglas Brinkley

William McKinley by Kevin Phillips

A Grand Strategy for America by Robert J. Art

The page includes links to Foreign Affairs' reviews of each book.

-Books & Culture Corner: The Top Ten Books of 2003: The Worst Book of the Year, more good reading, digital books, and a little Christmas music. (John Wilson, 12/22/2003, Christianity Today)
-Mystery Paperbacks Make for a Perfect Stocking Stuffer -- Here Are Some Favorites. (Alafair Burke)

Samantha Kincaid, the formidable heroine of Alafair Burke's legal thriller, Judgment Calls, offers her expert suggestions for the mystery lover this holiday season.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2003 11:42 AM

I've gotta say that one of the best of 2003 is actually a web site. It is called

Thanks for the blog and a whole lot more. You guys are my first stop on the web every morning, afternoon and night.

Happy New Year.

Posted by: pchuck at December 26, 2003 1:46 PM

I see that I reviewed 14 books this year. I can recommend two to this blog because they are, in one way or another, about how the American project works.

"Latitude" by Bill Carter and Merri Sue Carter (19th century homegrown science)

"Reaper Leader" by Steve Ewing (life of Jimmy Flatley, warrior)

Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 26, 2003 2:07 PM

Thanks, Harry! Are your reviews on-line?

Posted by: oj at December 26, 2003 2:15 PM

No, sorry, small, provincial newspaper

Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 26, 2003 3:05 PM

A Question of Honor? I'm surprised you picked that one. The Kosciuszko Squadron disappeared for so long when Olson and Cloud moved to discuss global politics that I was disappointed. Pity.

The Teammates was great but wasn't Army At Dawn released in 2002? :-)

At the risk of shameless self-promotion, ESR's Best of 2003 can be found here:

Posted by: Steve Martinovich at December 26, 2003 7:21 PM

What pchuck said.

I got The March Up for Christmas this year, and I highly recommend it.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 26, 2003 8:47 PM

Thanks for the tip, Mike. Looks like a great book.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 29, 2003 9:11 AM
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