A good book makes a great Christmas present either for yourself or for someone else. Here are three good suggestions:
Never Enough: America’s Unlimited Welfare State by William Voegeli. This is probably not going to score you points if the recipient is of the liberal variety, but a good read on how the left perpetually lives in 1932, and all the social programs are “never enough”. It might help you dislodge the fruitcake sitting in your stomach.
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew Crawford. This book might surprise you. It talks about the separation of “thinking” from “doing” and the lost value of the general trade industries. It talks about work being rewarding and meaningful because it is useful. Think of it as the difference between an electrician and a Professor of Women’s Studies. I just started reading this book, but find it interesting thus far.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. This is the true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner, and his harrowing trials in the Pacific. I just finished this book and while the first 100 pages are a bit tough to get into (early life), the story unfolds nicely from there. And it truly is a remarkable story.
All are good for the cold winter nights that will certainly face some of us in the near future.