The Federalistâ€™s Notable Books For 2020
Our year in reading, featuring book recommendations from Federalist writers and contributors.
By Mark Hemingway
December 22, 2020
Well, they say hindsight is 2020 â€” and thank God for that. Suffice to say, none of us are going to be wistfully blaring Olâ€™ Blue Eyesâ€™ â€œIt Was a Very Good Yearâ€ on New Yearâ€™s Eve. (Side note: Have you ever listened to the lyrics of that song? â€œIt was a very good year / for blue-blooded girls of independent means.â€ Is Frank Sinatra being feminist or classist? Iâ€™m so confused.)
Anyway, if weâ€™re going to go digging for some roast beef in this yearâ€™s crap sandwich, most of us had a little more time to read this year. That is good, because itâ€™s time for The Federalistâ€™s annual notable books column.
In it, Federalist writers, as well as those in the publicationâ€™s large and growing orbit, take stock of the books we read this year. Unlike other annual lists, this is not necessarily a list of books that came out this year, just the ones that Federalist writers happened to read in 2020 and judged worthy of recommending.