The Best Political Books We Read in 2014

These books weren’t all written this year, but they all had a lot to say about where we are now.

Dec. 23, 2014, midnight

Here’s something for all you polit­ic­ally minded gift pro­cras­tin­at­ors, or for those of you who sud­denly find your­self with some spare time to read over the next few weeks. 

These are the books we read in 2014 that had the most to say about polit­ics this year. These books wer­en’t all pub­lished this year—in fact, many of them were not. But they all gave us here at Na­tion­al Journ­al just a touch more in­sight in­to how polit­ics and power have played out in 2014.

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Former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry participates in a news conference with gun control advocates outside Realco Guns August 28, 2007 in District Heights, Maryland. Gun control advocates gathered to rally and "observe a National Day of Protest against illegal guns" on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 March on Washington. Getty Images
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Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks during the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, October 24, 2013.  National Journal

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