With Christmas (not the Holidays, but Christmas) approaching I would like to provide a list of books I've enjoyed through the year that would make excellent gifts for the Misanthropic Economist on your list.
- Discover Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen. I wrote about it earlier this year. Simply a delightful and insightful book.
- In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray. Charles Murray is always worth a read. This book outlines his plan, however politically impossible, to replace all government transfer payments with a $10,000 per person grant for everyone over 21.
- The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan. Great book on why bad economic policies persist and thrive.
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. A classic in Christian apologetics and a literary classic.
- Not a book, but a fantastic magazine: The American. Primarily business and economics related, but often ventures into fashion, food, sports, culture, and anything else.
Unfortunately, those are the only items that I remember reading this year that a general audience would really dig.