Best politics books chosen by critics

We list the best politics books recommended by critics from Washington Post, NPR, New York Times and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.6 What Happened

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton


“Clinton offers one answer to the question that rang collectively from more than half the country on Nov. 9, 2016. The writing is frank, reflective and a piece of modern history.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.4 Janesville

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

New York Times

“Moving and magnificently well-researched… Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

4.6 The Evangelicals

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America


“FitzGerald illuminates how a decades-long relationship between the Christian right and the Republican Party (later joined by the Tea Party) coalesced into what looks like a mutually inextricable bloc.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.7 We Were Eight Years In Power

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates


“Coates enhanced this collection of columns for The Atlantic with fresh material, both personal and historical, as he reexamines eight pieces of writing during the eight years of Obama’s presidency from the standpoint of living under the Trump presidency.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.6 Richard Nixon The Life

Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell

Washington Post

“Employing recently released government documents and oral histories, Farrell has written the best one-volume biography that we could expect about such a famously elusive subject.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.7 Madame President

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


“Helene Cooper exposes a vulnerable Johnson Sirleaf who survived an abusive marriage, political imprisonment and living away from her young sons so she could study and acquire qualifications in the U.S.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.