I read a lot of books. I've never really thought to rank all the great books that I've read over the years, but 2006 is a pretty special year for me in terms of some of what I've read and the influence that these books have had on my political thinking. Not all of them were written in 2006, I just got around to reading them this year. As you'll see, and as the CTV guy noted back in the summer when he interviewed Tasha & I about the sun and its potential to cause cancer, I have a rather eclectic taste in books. This is by no means a complete list, and I'm not going to count books that I had to read for various graduate classes, mostly because there were very few (we do more essays at this level), and the ones that I sought out and actually chose to read have their way of getting into my head on a more enjoyable basis when I'm not being graded on my performance in discussing them.
10. Paul Wells - Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism
9. Richard N. Haass - The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course
8. Pamela Paul - Pornified: How Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families
7. David McCullough - Truman
6. Joshua Muravchik - The Imperative of American Leadership
5. Francis Fukuyama - America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy
4. Ralph Peters - New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy
3. Bob Woodward - State of Denial
2. Natan Sharansky - The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror
1. Richard McAdam - From Bipolarity to Unipolarity: American Leadership and the Future of the Bush Doctrine - if nothing else, it's the book that I've read the most times this year!