The Best Books of 2019, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part I) https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/arts-culture/2019/12/the-best-books-of-2019-chosen-by-mosaic-authors-part-i/

Seven of our regular writers pick several favorites each, featuring sieges, spies, cultural revolutions, family papers, useful enemies, new fields of inquiry, and more.

December 18, 2019 | Elliott Abrams,Diana Muir Appelbaum,Matti Friedman,Haviv Rettig Gur, Daniel Johnson,Moshe Koppel,Daniel Polisar
About the author: Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points. Diana Muir Appelbaum, a writer and historian, is at work on a book about nationhood and democracy. Her museum reviews have appeared in the Claremont Review, the New Rambler, and elsewhere. Matti Friedman is the author of a memoir about the Israeli war in Lebanon, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War (2016). His latest book is Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel (2019). Haviv Rettig Gur is the senior analyst for the Times of Israel. Daniel Johnson, the founding editor (2008-2018) of the British magazine Standpoint, is now the founding editor of TheArticle and a regular contributor to cultural and political publications in the UK and the U.S. Moshe Koppel is a member of the department of computer science at Bar-Ilan University and chairman of the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. Daniel Polisar is the executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem.
To mark the close of 2019, we asked several of our writers to name the best two or three books they’ve read this year, and briefly to explain their choices. The first seven of their answers appear below in alphabetical order. The rest will appear tomorrow. (Unless otherwise noted, all books were published in 2019.)

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